Set in France and America, News of Our Loved Ones is a haunting and intimate examination of love and loss, beauty and the cost of survival, witnessed through two generations of one French family, whose lives are all touched by the tragic events surrounding the D-Day bombings in Normandy.
What if your family’s fate could be traced back to one indelible summer?
“News of Our Loved Ones is a beautifully written work that untangles the fabric of family and follows each thread through time, to where meaning is forged from chaos.”
— Simon Van Booy, award-winning author of Father’s Day
“Abigail DeWitt’s News of Our Loved Onesis a story of old Europe, of a tumultuous time that shifted borders, loyalties and family order. But it is also an enduring story of love, of secrets, of denial and of redemption. Each word she writes is imbued with beauty: what emerges is a delicate tableau of darkness and light; of village dusks and impulsive chances. Above all, it’s a story of a strong woman, a free woman, and her fractured memories. If Simone de Beauvoir were alive today, she would write like this.”
— Janine di Giovanni, author of The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria
“Told in multiple voices, and spanning generations, Abigail DeWitt’s News of Our Loved Onesis a novel of astounding beauty, empathy, and eloquence. ‘Most of the world will be too young to imagine that you ever really had a life,’ laments one character. But that is not the case: here is life. And here is a book that belongs on the shelf with Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Francaiseand Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, and all of our other great works of war and peace.”
— Mark Powell, author of Small Treasons
“DeWitt’s beautiful and honest novel captures the full force of families spanning decades, wars, and oceans. Each character offers up shards of their existence until a radiant mosaic of deep longing, personal mythmaking, and remarkable endurance emerges. These characters brave the search for love, decency, and peace alongside the specter of loss. Yet the driving mystery here is not how sorrow hews us through time, but the resurgent heart’s ability to pass so much light from one generation to the next. This powerful book will imprint itself on readers.”
— Devin Murphy, national bestselling author of The Boat Runner