By Inga Simpson
It’s another beautiful tale. One that will put you right in the story, hearing the birds and smelling the forest.
It made me yearn for a simpler life, despite the darkness that hovered at the edges.
A gripping and thought-provoking novel about finding the lost child in all of us.
Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons.
When a girl in Henry’s class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. When she was Henry’s age she lost her father and her best friend Michael – both within a week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they’re talking about it again.
Everyone is waiting – for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour…
Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015
Longlisted for The Stella Prize 2015