A Long Way from Verona

by Jane Gardam

A Long Way from Verona

Paperback, 211 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $16 | purchase

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Thirteen-year-old Jessie knows she is a born writer, and through her honest records of parents, classmates, teachers, first love and World War II in England, she reveals her talent.

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"A Long Way from Verona was one of Jane Gardam's earliest books, and I have to think — on no knowledge — that it's highly autobiographical," says Pearl. "It's set during World War II in the English countryside, and the main character, the person who's telling the story, is a young woman named Jessica Vye. And it's the story of living in England during that time of the blitz bombing, the deprivation, the fear, the cold — all of that was going on.

"But in the midst of that, it's

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