Inspired by real wartime events, this is the story of one spring evening during the Blitz.
No bombs fell that night, but in the surge towards the shelter of Bethnal Green tube station, 173 people lost their lives. An investigation into what happened during those few fatally confused minutes begins at once, but for the survivors, it will be years before truth can finally be disentangled from rumour, and guilt from grief. The Report is a provocative commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered and endured.
*A finalist for the 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction
*A finalist for the Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award
*A finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize for Fiction
*A Best Reads 2012 selection of the Channel 4 TV Book Club (UK)
*A Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection
“A smart and troubling novel of ideas, which explores the power of crowds, collective guilt and the compromises required to balance a need for full disclosure with the desire to be kind.” —The Financial Times
“Nothing less than perfect.” —Newsday
“Unflinching even as it is generous….a pageturner.” —National Public Radio
“Impressive debut… The Report is an artful piece of work. The story itself has an appalling fascination, while the restraint of the telling, in both its factual and fictional aspects, lends it considerable power.” —TLS
“Stunning novel….deftly makes a painful story whole by setting forth pitch-perfect portraits and tight scenes of candor between memorable, interlinked characters.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
‘Taut and psychologically astute examination of the human need for understanding…” —The Sunday Telegraph
“A spellbinding examination of the blame game and how individuals and communities grieve in times of tragedy.” —Vogue