Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John BoyneThe 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.
Across the River and into the Trees | Ernest Hemingway | "In the fall of 1948 Hemingway went to Italy for several months, his first extended visit to that country since 1918. He spent most of his time in and around Venice, a city he loved, and it is the Veneto that provides the setting of this novel of love and death during World War II.