A dark and unsettling tale, set at the turn of the twentieth century, that will stay with you long after you finish reading – from a master of Australian literature.
Out in that country the sun smeared the sky and nothing ever altered, except that one day a scrap man came by . . .
Her name is scarcely known or remembered. All in all, she is worth less than the nine shillings and sixpence counted into her father’s hand. She bides her time. She does her work. Way back in the corner of her mind is a thought she is almost too frightened to shine a light on: one day she will run away.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
This is a heartbreakingly beautiful book. Set in the Victoria country around the Great War era, it is dark and bleak and so sad, and yet has that glimmer of hope that might prevail at the end. Complete with the various Dickens type characters, the story really captures what was widespread poverty in the rural back-blocks; where life was a struggle for so many, where people scraped a living, and barely made ends meet. The author should be proud of this novel; for us it is one of the best this year.