After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

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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 other--each narrated in a voice as tender as it is fierce--we learn what binds Frank and Leon together, and what may end up keeping them apart.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780307378460
Branch Call Number: FIC Wyld
Characteristics: 296p

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parismorning Dec 01, 2013

was shortlisted for
the Impac Prize, the Orange Award for New Writers a
nd the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and awarded
the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2011, she was nam
ed by the BBC as one of the twelve best new British
novelists and in 2013, she was named as one of Gran
ta's Best of Young British Novelists.

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nicolenozick
Jul 03, 2013

Set in Australia. What was it about again? Really enjoyed reading it. Fresh, different, but what the hell was it about and I just finished it a week or so ago...

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uncommonreader
May 27, 2013

Although this book is not badly written, it is very unsatisfying for the reader. The novel tells the parallel stories of a father and son. The father, himself the son of a refugee from WW II who volunteers to fight in the Korean War and is damaged by the experience, is conscripted to fight in Viet Nam which is an experience from which he only slowly recovers. The son is unhappy and neglected as a child and as an adult retreats to a shack in Eastern Australia to put his life back together. However, many of the events do not support the narrative and overall, the story is entirely predictable.

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