Books by Helen Humphreys

THE EVENING CHORUS by Helen Humphreys
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Humphreys deserves more recognition for the emotional intensity and evocative lyricism of her seemingly straightforward prose and for her ability to quietly squirrel her way into the reader's heart."
Humphreys (Nocturne, 2013, etc.) offers a heartbreaking yet redemptive story about loss and survival surrounding a British prisoner of war during World War II and the wife he barely got to know before his capture. Read full book review >
THE FROZEN THAMES by Helen Humphreys
Released: March 24, 2009

"Forty vibrant protagonists give depth and variety to this magical collection."
A dreamy, poetic evocation of winters past. Read full book review >
COVENTRY by Helen Humphreys
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"With stark, precise poetry, Humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both John Hersey's Hiroshima and Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach."
The underappreciated Humphreys (Wild Dogs, 2005, etc.) offers a journey through the dark night of the soul that was the November 14, 1940, bombing of Coventry. Read full book review >
WILD DOGS by Helen Humphreys
Released: April 1, 2005

"Mysterious, poetic, suspenseful, heartbreaking: magnificent fiction that evokes the complex connection between humans and the natural world in language that brings to mind Margaret Atwood's Surfacing."
Exquisite novel by Humphreys (The Lost Garden, 2002, etc.) explores how humans are attracted to and fearful of the wildness they sense within themselves and those they love. Read full book review >
THE LOST GARDEN by Helen Humphreys
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Images here—the girls' chalk drawings on blackout curtains, the flowers in the secret garden—can be breathtaking, but such abundant literary artifice keeps the reader at bay."
A slight, chiseled story about a lonely horticulturalist who plants a garden for the Women's Land Army during WWII. Read full book review >
AFTERIMAGE by Helen Humphreys
Released: April 10, 2001

"More than capably written, and redeemed by many stunning moments, but a little too rigorously staged to be fully convincing."
The presence of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre—as both this novel's partial inspiration and its heroine's own favorite book—adds considerable romantic-gothic flavor to a leisurely tale of a young maidservant's enlightening and disillusioning "education." Read full book review >
LEAVING EARTH by Helen Humphreys
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Everything about the airplane—with its 40-gallon gas tank and top speed of 80 mph—is marvelously done, as are the locales of long-ago Toronto, but the tales and characters that keep the rest going just don—t hold their altitude, declining toward the tones of a YA."
Canadian Humphreys debuts with the story of two women pilots who try, in August 1933, to break a record by staying aloft for 25 days—in a novel with plenty of period interest but less depth—or height—of psychology and character than could be wished. Read full book review >