The Best 19 Books to Read This August
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The Verdun Affair
In the aftermath of World War I, a former
ambulance driver gathers the bones of dead
soldiers to piece together their identities,
and comforts relatives who've come to
France to learn the fate of their loved ones.
Grief looms, shadowlike, over this beautifully
calibrated novel, which recalls the work of
Anthony Doerr and Michael Ondaatje.
— Hamilton Cain