Thomas Marks

Thomas Marks on First Novels

  • Jennie Rooney, 
  • Georges-Marc Benamou, 
  • Andrew Davidson, 
  • Mark Sarvas

As the Second World War recedes from living memory, it has become a prominent subject for novelists interested in the complex relationship between forms of fiction and ways of remembering. In Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Briony Tallis reshapes her wartime experiences into a fragile romance that disintegrates as soon as she acknowledges that she is trying to repair the past before her memory fails her. How should novels remember what age distorts and erases? This month, two first novels turn back to the war from the fading perspectives of the elderly. Jennie Rooney’s moving debut, Inside the Whale, recounts the war-torn love of two pensioners, Michael and Stevie, as they come to terms with the end of their affair despite sixty years apart. 

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