A story of growth, and the sacrifices people make to maintain life’s elusive equilibriumAndrew Josef firstname.lastname@example.org
The strangest thing about war is one often tends to forget those who do not fight it. And by fight it I mean man the guns, brave the snipers and mines, and above all look into a man’s eyes before gutting him with the business end of a Bowie.
Those that history forgets toil in the factories, and till the fields; build the rivets that hold the machines of war together; and fill the gaping voids in lives bombarded by the violence of man. For Woodward’s protagonist, Tory Pace, World War II was not so much about the free world and its salvation as it was about putting food on the table for her family, and awaiting news of her husband, who was missing in action. And when news comes, it changes her life forever. Tory’s husband, Donald’s request for a ‘dirty’ letter from his wife to tide over the time spent in a German POW camp startles, even disgusts, her. But after a tryst under the Blitz with the owner of the gelatin factory in which she works, Tory’s sexual horizons expands to the extent where she can only gain relief from putting pen to paper. And she does…in letters to her husband.
The letters are the pivot of Nourishment, a sharply written book that charts the life of the Pace family and its tragedies. It’s a journey into the heart of an English society stiffening its upper lip against everything Nazi Germany can throw at her, but it is also about life after the war. The return of her husband proves to be a disaster; the birth of a son from her illicit affair complicates her life already strained looking after three other children, and an ageing, opinionated mother. But Tory is the eternal English Rose, stoic and measured; a dreamer afraid of her dreams.
Nourishment is a story of growth, and the sacrifices people make to maintain life’s elusive equilibrium. It is also a magnificent testament to human strength…against all odds.
Author: Gerard Woodward