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Icebergs: A Novel

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A beautifully written, multigenerational story of love, war, and fate that spans WWII to the present.

In World War II Canada, Walt Dunmore and Al Clark are the only members of their bomber crew to survive a plane wreck on Newfoundland's Labrador coast--but now they must fight injuries and cold in the sub-zero wilderness. On the home front, in a small Canadian farming commun...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Bloomsbury USA
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Anne Broyles
There's much I like about this book, including some beautiful writing and the Canadian setting in the first section. What threw me off was the structure. I was committed to a set of characters in the 1944 section, I was unprepared to switch not only time period (section two jumps to 1967, then to 1999)but POV. I wasn't ready to leave the original characters; it took me a long time to feel connected to their children 23 years later. I never got into the swing of things for the rest of the book. C...more
Frances Harding
Rebecca Johns is a good enough writer, but this book seems to be the effort of a lazy writer. She begins a story line beautifully; however, she jumps out of the original thread to another which takes place more than twenty years later. If she feels the need to fill in a missing piece about the intervening years, she does it in a quick flashback, a "device" I have noticed coming out of the Iowa Writers' Workshop lately. As a result, the book comes off as an episodic collection of three novellas i...more
"Eine Kriegsgeschichte ist nur dann wahr, sagte Sams Vater immer zu ihnen, wenn man nicht als Held darin vorkommt. Es geht nie darum, was geschah, sondern um den Schock, dass man sich auf der anderen Seite befindet und noch am Leben ist. Die Geschiche kann lustig sein oder todernst, aber wenn jemand euch zu erzählen versucht, wie er den Feind weggepustet hat, wenn der Bursche euch seine Narben und seine Medaillen zeigt, dann sagt er euch nicht die Wahrheit."

Walt Dunmore war der Bordfunker. Er ha...more
I liked this book but there were too many gaps. What happened when Walt came home? Too much skipping ahead, I know there were flashbacks from different viewpoints but still too much left out. I suppose it kind of came together at the end but not as much as much as I would like.
Such a beautifully written book, a remarkable debut for this Illinois author. The story unfolds in three eras: 1944, when a Canadian military crew crash lands in Newfoundland and the crew's young wives in Ontario await the news of their husbands' fates; 1967 Chicago as these families' lives become deeply intertwined; 1999 Ontario- a return to where their shared histories began. The story examines love, disappointment, passion and change in relationships between husbands and wives, parents and ch...more
Safiya Florence
An interesting novel, not ground-breaking but an enjoyable read, not the least because it is set in the unusual backdrop of Canadians drafted during WWII and of immigrant Canadians to the US drafted during the Vietnam war. However, I found the tag line "Two wars, two families, united by tragedy, bound by deceit" a bit excessive, as there isn't much a deceit to speak of, it is there, but it is not dramatised much, and doesn't impact the characters much, and thus doesn't actually seem very importa...more
Jessica Hartshorn
I would have loved this even if I didn't know the author! It's really ambitious and fascinating.
Laura Carpenter
Loved this book. Wonderful first novel. I'm waiting for her next one!
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Rebecca Johns is the author of two novels, Icebergs (Bloomsbury USA, 2006), which was a PEN/Hemingway Finalist, and The Countess (Crown 2010), which has been translated around the world. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, the Mississippi Review, and Narrative, and numerous commercial magazines and newspapers such as Bride's, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Mademoiselle, Self, Seventeen and Woman's D...more
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