After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

Book - 2009 | 1st American ed.
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After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and 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.
Set in the unforgiving landscape of eastern Australia, Evie Wyld's accomplished debut tackles the inescapability of the past, the ineffable ties of family, and the wars fought by fathers and sons.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307473387
Branch Call Number: FIC WYLD
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 22 cm.


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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.

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...

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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