Quest. Fans of finely written historical literary fiction, especially relating to World War I and its aftermath, are likely to enjoy Nick Dybek’s finely written novel titled, The Verdun Affair. Fate brings Tom Combs together with Sarah Hagen in 1921 as she is searching for her missing husband. Dybek uses multiple time periods and finely crafted prose to draw readers into a quest to discover both oneself and a loved one. Truth is, as always, elusive, and subject to multiple interpretations. Dybek’s complex structure adds to the difficulty of the quest to decide whether or not a solider with memory loss is the missing husband, and who will get to decide the truth.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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