After the Fire, a Still Small Voice

ISBN-10: 0307473384
ISBN-13: 9780307473387
Edition: N/A
Authors: Evie Wyld
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Description: Set in the haunting landscape of eastern Australia, this is a stunningly accomplished debut novel about the inescapable past: the ineffable ties of family, the wars fought by fathers and sons, and what goes unsaid. After the departure of the woman  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Set in the haunting landscape of eastern Australia, this is a stunningly accomplished debut novel about the inescapable past: the ineffable ties of family, the wars fought by fathers and sons, and what goes unsaid. After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank drives out to a shack by the ocean that he had last visited as a teenager. There, among the sugarcane and sand dunes, he struggles to rebuild his life. Forty years earlier, Leon is growing up in Sydney, turning out treacle tarts at his parents' bakery and flirting with one of the local girls. But when he's drafted to serve in Vietnam, he finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father. As these two stories weave around each othereach narrated in a voice as tender as it is fiercewe learn what binds Frank and Leon together, and what may end up keeping them apart.

Evie Wyld runs Review, a small independent bookshop London. Her first novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 she was listed as one of the Culture Show's Best New British Novelists. She was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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