In Memoriam

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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.7 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author
ALICE WINN grew up in Paris and was educated in the UK. She has a degree in English literature from Oxford University. She lives in Brooklyn.

"Glorious, addictive, exquisite . . . I couldn't put it down." --New York Times Book Review

"An epic love story amid the brutalities of war." --People

"Indelible." --Washington Post

"A genuine page-turner . . . There is an ease to her writing, a zippy confidence, unusual for a debut." --The Sunday Times (U.K.)

"In Memoriam is the story of a great tragedy, but it is also a moving portrait of young love, and there is often a lightness to the book." --New York Times

"Propulsive, visceral and heartrending . . . I can't remember the last time I was this invested in a love story--all while seeing our darkest history brought wrenchingly to life." --Sunday Telegraph

"It's hard to believe that In Memoriam is a debut novel as it's so assured, affecting and moving. Alice Winn has written a devastating love story between two young men that moves from the sheltered idyll of their public school to the unspeakable horrors of the Western Front during the First World War. Gaunt and Ellwood will live in your mind long after you've closed the final pages." --Maggie O'Farrell, author of The Marriage Portrait

"I read through the night to finish this blistering debut, too feverishly engrossed to sleep. When was the last time characters in a novel seemed so real to me, so cherishable, so alive? Alice Winn has made familiar history fresh; no account of the First World War has made me feel so vividly its horror, or how irrevocably it mutilated the world. That In Memoriam is also an extraordinary love story is a sign of Winn's wild ambition and her prodigious gifts: this is a novel that claims both beauty and brutality, the whole range of human life." --Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness

"In Memoriam is magnificent--dazzling and wrenching, witty and wildly romantic, with echoes of Brideshead Revisited and Atonement. I loved it." --Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

"In Memoriam is at once epic and intimate, humorous and profound, a vivid rendering of the madness and legacy of the first world war as seen through the lens of a schoolboy love affair . . . A love story, but one with an adventure woven through it . . . Winn's dialogue thrums with mirth and furious intelligence. Throughout, she artfully switches perspectives and settings, leaving the reader in desperate suspense." --The Observer (U.K.)

"Birdsong for a new generation . . . In Memoriam is a gripping and unsentimental love story that brings the First World War to life in a vividly new way. Alice Winn is a truly skilful writer, depicting her main characters, Gaunt and Ellwood, and the many layers of their relationship, beautifully, with real care and insight. She is unsparing in her depiction of the conflict in which they find themselves--powerfully evoking both the horrors of trench warfare and the devastating impact it had on those involved. She also brilliantly explores how the English public school system, with its casual brutalities and glorification of battle, was irrevocably intertwined with the war. An unforgettable novel, one I stayed up all night to finish, with characters I loved almost as much as they loved each other." --Joanna Quinn, author of The Whalebone Theatre

"I can't tell you how much I loved this novel . . . Various elements reminded me of A Little Life, Birdsong and All Quiet on the Western Front, but even though the content is heart-wrenching in so many ways, it remains an easy, engrossing read--I've already recommended it to all my friends." --Stylist

"Winn's depiction of the war is gripping . . . Her research is matched by her ability to craft a compelling narrative . . . While the cinematic clarity of the action makes this book memorable, it's the author's ability to keep us focused on the central relationship that's truly impressive." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"First love, class, male camaraderie and the horrors of war are all explored in this quietly heartbreaking epic with the unforgettable appeal of Birdsong." --Good Housekeeping

"An epic war story . . . also an epic love story . . . Alice Winn so deeply inhabits her characters [that] it's hard to believe this gorgeous novel is her debut." --BookPage (starred)

"Gripping, tender, immersive and, most of all, completely unforgettable." --i newspaper (Top Fiction Pick of the Month)

"One of the best debuts I've read in recent years: immersive, rousing, tender and devastating. In Memoriam is both a deeply moving love story and a visceral evocation of the Great War, impressively free of cliché. Winn makes such important points about class, destruction and the loss of innocence. I loved it with a startling ferocity." --Elizabeth Day, author of The Party

"From the first page, I knew this would be a book I would read time and again . . . Tender, loving, heartbreaking, endlessly compelling, richly detailed and poetic. I stayed up until 3 a.m. so I could read it in one sitting, because I simply couldn't stop myself." --Brianna Labuskes, author of The Librarian of Burned Books

"A searing and harrowing novel about the love story between two young men played out against a backdrop of the horrors of World War I. The writing was so visceral and intense, I honestly felt as if I was in the trenches with them, and I'm still thinking about the book weeks after reading it. An incredible debut." --Nikki Smith, author of All In Her Head

"An astonishingly confident and impressive debut, this love story set in the First World War is shocking, brutal, and memorable. It left me shaken--and very impressed." --Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane

"A central relationship so utterly convincing that it will leave you bereft. Visceral, heartbreaking but full of heart, this is a masterpiece of war literature." --Hanna Jameson, author of The Last

"Alice Winn has pulled off a remarkable feat in making these men and the horrors of the First World War come so viscerally alive. It was like looking at a black and white photograph which has been colourised, and suddenly you understand that these shadowy people from the past also dreamed and cried and breathed just as we do now. I was completely absorbed, moved, and transported." --Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

"Alice Winn offers a fresh look at a subject many of us believe we know well. A tender story as much about love as it is about war." --Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You

"Extraordinary. A truly epic tale of love unspoken, love shared and love lost. An instant and unforgettable classic." --A.J. West, author of The Spirit Engineer

"Alice Winn's devastating debut will smash your heart to smithereens." --Daily Mail

"Winn's finely accomplished debut novel is a rare thing, an intoxicating romance and an impossible-to-put-down war story in one . . . Winn captures the war as it looked, sounded, and smelled, but the ultimate death-defying acts here are in literature, breathtaking bravery, and love." --Booklist (starred)

"A superb debut . . . A remarkable achievement." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Powerful, deeply imagined . . . Hard to forget . . . Just when you think you've settled into a tender literary novel, its revelations and surprises begin to unfurl at an impressive pace that reads more like a thriller." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)