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Resistance

By Owen Sheers

Resistance
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2008,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2009,
    320 pages.

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An unexpectedly suspenseful meditation on the ways the schisms of war can break down when reduced to the human element

Powered by a giant "what if?" Resistance is an unexpectedly suspenseful meditation on the ways the schisms of war can break down when reduced to the human element, isolated from the larger machine. With finely detailed prose and compassionate narration, Owen Sheers shapes an unusual war novel, almost completely removed from violence and political struggles, yet no less terrifying.

When the women in a remote Welsh valley wake to find their men gone without a trace, and a handful of German soldiers arrive days later on a mysterious mission, the tiny farming community is thrown into a state of suspended animation as a brutal winter descends, forcing the women to form a tentative alliance with the soldiers in order to survive. Mysteries abound, as the fate of the disappeared Welsh men is unknown, and the purpose of the German soldiers is unclear. As the war wages on...

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