Jo Walton
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Alternate WWII History, Murder Mystery


Farthing is a very impressive novel that skillfully weaves together a murder mystery and an alternate WWII history. It switches between the first person viewpoint of aristocrat Lucy Kahn, who married a Jewish man in defiance of her family and society, and the third person viewpoint of Inspector Carmichael, who is tasked with solving a murder at Lucy's aristocratic family's country retreat. Both viewpoints are vivid and engaging, and both characters are complex and well worth following. While the story is highly entertaining, it also has a lot to say about power, prejudice and human nature.

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