An epic story of love, lust, greed, terror and survival woven around the Spanish civil war and its aftermath.
Grandes’ plot explores the consequences for families on either side of the disastrous coup that saw the republic disintegrate in an orgy of killing and re-emerge as a Fascist regime.
This is no dry history lesson, nor is it chicklit. The characters are carefully drawn and complex. Grandes captures brilliantly their fleeting thoughts, the dilemmas they face, and the consequences of their actions.
Perhaps best of all, she shows how the fears that haunted the Franco generation pervade the lives of their sons and daughters.
- Why the Spanish Civil War Still Fascinates (washingtonmonthly.com)
- The Battle for Spain (Book Review) (residinginthefifthdimension.wordpress.com)