Books The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson Hardcover, 479 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $28 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Summer Before the WarAuthorHelen Simonson Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew. Genres: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Also by Helen Simonson Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Summer Before the War NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Review Book Reviews Shadows Haunt A Lovely Season In 'Summer Before The War' March 24, 2016 Helen Simonson's new novel is a gently charming portrait of a small British town in the last, fraught moments before the outbreak of World War I.