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The End of Innocence

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Cambridge, MA, 1914: Helen Windship Brooks, the precocious daughter of the prestigious Boston family, is struggling to find herself at the renowned Harvard-Radcliffe university when carefree British playboy, Riley Spencer, and his brooding German poet-cousin, Wils Brandl, burst into her sheltered world. As Wils quietly helps the beautiful, spirited Helen navigate Harvard, they fall for each other against a backdrop of tyrannical professors, intellectual debates, and secluded boat rides on the Charles River.

But with foreign tensions mounting and the country teetering on the brink of World War I, German-born Wils finds his future at Harvard―and in America―increasingly in danger. When both cousins are called to fight on opposing sides of the same war, Helen must decide if she is ready to fight her own battle for what she loves most.

Based on the true story behind a mysterious and controversial World War I memorial at this world-famous university, The End of Innocence sweeps readers from the elaborate elegance of Boston's high society to Harvard's hallowed halls to Belgium's war-ravaged battlefields, offering a powerful and poignant vision of love and hope in the midst of a violent, broken world.

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"A superb account . . . A strongly gripping, essential read." -- Pink Paper

"Impressive . . . Garfield recognises the power of dramatising the story in human terms." -- Guardian

"This is our And the Band Played On. Enlivened by telling interviews with health educators, doctors, AIDS activists, social workers, government ministers, and those directly affected - there's something for everyone here: pragmatism, incompetence, denial, bigotry, bravery, humour, guilt and some optimism." -- Arena

"A powerful and painful book. Indispensable and instructive . . . Garfield gives us the whole story in a voice which is passionately intent, but controlled and conversational." -- Observer

"An indispensable book, essential to an understanding of the times we -- the lucky ones -- lived through." -- Simon Callow

"Combines the best qualities of a medical thriller, a political investigation, and an invaluable social record." -- Time Out

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pub date:
560 pages
Format: Paperback