Libby Cone War on the Margins: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9781419689956

War on the Margins: A Novel

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9781419689956: War on the Margins: A Novel

At the beginning of the Second World War, after the fall of France, Churchill decides to demilitarize the islands in the English Channel, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark, and allow their occupation by the Nazis because of their proximity to the Occupied French coast. We see the effects of this upon clerk Marlene Zimmer, the child of a deceased Jewish father and Gentile mother. She abruptly leaves her home to avoid registering as a Jew, meets the Surrealist artists and longtime lovers Claude Cahun (Lucille Schwob) and Marcel Moore (Suzanne Malherbe) and becomes active in their Resistance work. After Cahun and Moore are captured by the secret police, she flees and meets Peter, an escaped Polish slave worker. We follow Suzanne and Lucille as they suffer in German military prison, and revisit Marlene as she slowly realizes that the decisions she has made resulted in the imprisonment of one woman and the saving of the life of another.

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Libby Cone earned an MA in Jewish Studies in 2006, and "War on the Margins" grew from her thesis. She lives in Philadelphia.

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War on the Margins is an interesting book about the German occupation of the Channel Islands, specifically dealing with the Jewish residents. Ms. Cone originally conceived the book as her master's thesis and her knowledge and thorough research is apparent. Details of the environment jump off the page and the social/political events of the time are reinforced through the use of what can be assumed are reproductions of real orders issued by the German occupation. Unfortunately, this is the bulk of the praise. The characters, while initially interesting, don't hold up to extended time with them. Their actions are sometimes sudden and without adequate explanation and occasionally seem irrational and overly dramatic. These were trying times and people were prone to panic, but so many elements seemed over the top that it became exhausting to read. This is a strong start for this story, but in this reviewer's opinion there is much work yet to be done to fully transform it from academic thesis to a compelling work of fiction.

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