War or peace?
Who gets to define patriotism?
What are the boundaries of freedom of speech?
How much dissension will the government allow?
It is the eve of World War I and the country is divided by these questions. With astonishing contemporary resonance, Best Beloved depicts the political turmoil of the time—a turmoil paralleled in the life of Gwen Compston, the novel’s strong-willed narrator, who must grow to maturity during the course of the war.