Nine-year-old Charlie was warned that the war might change his older brother Theo. Grandpa Fitz reminded him all the time; hadn’t he himself come back from the Great War minus an arm? Still, Charlie never suspected that Theo would return from WWII without his heart.
Grandpa Fitz calls it Hollow Chest, but Charlie thinks it’s the war wolves, great beasts only he seems to see, leaving prints in the snow and scratches on their door. Wolves are roaming the city, and they are coming for Charlie’s heart next.
Determined not to lose anything more than he already has, Charlie and his faithful cat Biscuits traverse a Blitz-ravaged London to the wolves’ lair, seeking answers to save his brother and himself.
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Hollow Chest is the rare sort of book that gives new language to old truths. Tender, sweet, painful and brave, Hollow Chest is full of astonishing love
Hollow Chest is remarkable on so many levels—its exquisite writing, its startling originality, its deep empathy. But what lingers most is its unwavering heartbeat: in the darkest of times, what will carry us through is love. An astonishing debut
I read this book breathlessly, ardently, my heart thumping in my chest. Brita Sandstrom has woven a story stitched through with hope and terror and longing. At its center is the utter audacity of love—how we hang on even when we are broken, and how we must never let go. A lovely, moving debut