You can see how this might have caught my attention. If truth be told this book arrived on my doorstep unexpectedly. I’m a lucky girl.
Robert Hillman writes a letter to the reader just inside the book. This would have hooked me even if the cover had not. But it did. You simply must read Hillman’s letter.
So many great writers have written blurbs of advance praise for this novel. So even though this novel does not have a pub date until April, I found myself hungrily devouring it. This while other books were screaming lustily for me to please crack their spines….
Who is Tom Hope? An Australian man who lives on a farm with his wife Trudy. But not for long. Trudy is about to fly the coop. Why? Because she’s off her rocker, that’s why. Tom’s a quiet man who goes about his business and doesn’t bother a soul. Still, he loves his wife and misses her sorely. So when she returns to him he is elated. Until he is not.
Who is Hannah Babel? She’s a tortured soul who survived the Holocaust after losing her family. She fled to Australia and opened a bookstore.
This quietly enormous novel is filled with grand prose and vast landscapes. It deals with love, grief, loss, and survival. The writing is reminiscent of M.L. Stedman’s THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS. Both Australian authors. I find it interesting. What it is is unique and wonderfully written. Hillman brings Australia vividly to life through both his heartrending story telling and the beauty of his prose. I believe this book is going to be one of those classics.
I have Putnam Publishing to thank for my review copy sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
We will have copies on sale at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda soon. Come see us.