Stay Where You Are & Then Leave by John Boyne
September 26, 2013
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight – but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission.
Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name – on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by – a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place.
So back in 2006 Boyne wrote a little novel called The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – maybe you’ve heard of it :) – and took the literary world by storm. Now seven years (and many books later) Boyne returns once more with Stay Where You Are & Then Leave.
While my first love in the American Civil War, WWI is not far behind. I have a feeling this book will crush my heart and you know, I’m okay with that.