|aPart One: Putting Things Together -- 1. Norfolk, Early March, 1945 -- 2. The Heartbroken Nazi -- 3: Labor -- 4: Win Little -- 5: DNA -- 6: Ruth -- 7: A Wink in the Barley -- 8: Things Ruth Didn't Know About George at the Time -- 9: Egg and Soldiers -- 10: A Home Fit for Heroes -- 11: The Perfume of Axle Grease, The Whiff of Halitosis -- 12: Good-Bye to All that (Nearly) -- 13: The Best of Rooms, the Worst of Rooms -- 14: 1956: The Clockwork of History Ticks -- 15: An Unsentimental Education -- 16: Norfolk from the Sky -- 17: The End-of-the-World Man -- 18: Win's Mellowing -- 19: The Strawberry Fields, Early Summer, 1962 -- 20: The Girl Who Ate His Heart Bums a Smoke -- 21: Things Clem Didn't Know About Frankie at the Time -- 22: Nervy Pastoral -- 23: A Latin-American Interlude -- 24: Seeing the Forest from the Trees -- 25: You Learn Nothing About Sex From Books, Especially if They're by D.H. Lawrence -- 26: Man is Not an Island, He's a Peninsula -- 27: A Bit of Chiaroscuro -- 28: The Nights Draw In -
|a29. The Limited Opportunities for Obtaining Contraceptives in North Norfolk in 1962 -- Part Two: Blowing Things Apart -- 30: Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 16, 1962: "Those Sons a Bitches Russians!" -- 31: MAD -- 32. Hawks, Doves, Dogs --33. George Does a Bit of Tidying Up -- 34. Good Evening, My Fellow Citizens -- 35. The Lambs of God are Shorn -- 36. Ruth Gets the Chop -- 37. The Bogs -- 38. Stumbling Toward the Brink -- 39. The Shifty Word Standstill -- 40. The Brink -- 41. Poetry Does the Trick -- 42: Jack and Nikita Talk Turkey -- 43. The Day the World Ended -- Part Three: Picking up the Pieces -- 44. My Life After the End of the World -- 45. Bad Timing
|a"He would remember all these things long after they'd been blown away. Scraps of talk, sound, would drift back like flakes of burned paper on a spiraling wind. Clem, a working-class boy living in government-assisted housing, and Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, must keep their relationship secret. If it's discovered, their world will be blown apart. But unknown, to them, President John F. Kennedy and the Russian leader, Nikita Khruschev, are shaping up to do just that- blow the world apart- as the two leaders fight over a small island in the Caribbean Sea, leading up to the events that will later be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. For Frankie and Clem, "time, like everything else, is against them." -- dust jacket
Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet ignites an epic tale of young love against the dramatic backdrop of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.Can love survive a lifetime? When working-class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can. After all, the world teeters on the brink of war, and bombs could rain down any minute over the bleak English countryside -- just as they did seventeen years ago as his mother, pregnant with him, tended her garden. This time, Clem may not survive. Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming-of-age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories of three generations and the terrifying crises that define them. With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet's latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.