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Their Finest
by Lissa Evans
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Harper, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

London, 1940. This centuries old city is being bombarded by German planes almost nightly and is almost unrecognizable. Buildings and streets are in shambles. People are forced to go underground at the first sign of another raid, not knowing if their homes will still be standing when they return to them.

The Ministry of Information is kept very busy writing and producing short propaganda films and wants to write women in more believably. Catrin Cole is a young copywriter chosen to work on these films. The effort that went into these films is interesting to say the least. I found the people who did the actual work to be just like everyone else except that they were driven to produce in the hopes of keeping up London citizens' morale.

Catrin moves up the Ministry of Information ladder and is asked to write and rewrite a full-length script. During the historic Dunkirk evacuation, twin sisters took out their father's fishing boat, crossed the channel and rescued almost fifty English and French soldiers. They had been highly lauded for their feat. Now a movie of that event is to be made. Catrin finds it difficult to keep to the truth in the script. The director insists that the truth is boring and the plot needs to be spiced up.

Pathos reigns, with humor in second place. What can go wrong does. But the human spirit comes to the forefront. The movie is made but the characters who make that happen are depicted as real-life individuals. No matter what goes wrong, the crew rises above it to make Their Finest by Lissa Evans well-worth a read.

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