Role Mommy Book Club
22 Britannia Road: A Novel
by Amanda Hodgkinson is the story of a Polish couple during and after World War II. The novel offers a wonderful perspective on the aftermath of war and its effects on its survivors.
Silvana and Januz Nowak meet in pre-war Poland, fall in love and marry. In 1939, the Germans invade Poland and Silvan and Jannuz, who now have a child, suddenly have their lives turned upside down. Januz joins the war and Silvan leaves Warsaw. The author then tells their story during wartime Poland and then after the war, as they try to rebuild their lives in Britain. This novel is a fictional account of a historical event that has you anticipating how their lives during the war will eventually have an impact on their relationship.
22 Britannia Road: A Novel was truly a page turner as the author moved back and forth from wartime stories to starting over as a family. It was an easy read with many parallels I'm sure, to our servicemen's lives today. The reader is forced to consider, how does one resume living a normal life after returning from war? I recommend this book as a terrific summer read to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.