When We Were Romans

A Novel

Kneale, Matthew

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
When We Were Romans
Nine-year-old Lawrence watches protectively over his mother and little sister, especially when, feeling endangered by their estranged father, his mother decides the three of them must leave their life in England to seek refuge in Rome.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2009
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 0307387860
Branch Call Number: FICTION KNEALE 2009
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,21 cm


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A young boy struggles to understand his mother's motivations after she takes them on an impromptu road trip to Rome.

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Sep 19, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This compelling story is narrated by a nine-year-old hero who valiantly tries to hold his little family together as his mother becomes more and more unstable. Lawrence has fascinations appropriate for his age - Roman emperors (I learned quite a bit about Nero from him), outer space and his hamster. Convincingly childlike, he also steps up to the challenges thrust upon him. I couldn’t turn away from the story as I rooted for this charming boy on that fascinating edge of childhood, just before adolescence plunges him into a more adult and less trusting worldview.

Aug 18, 2009
  • readr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

intriguing, though maybe a little simplistic


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