Following the breakdown of a turbulent relationship, Frank moves from Canberra to a shack on the east coast once owned by his grandparents. There, among the sugar cane 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 conscripted as a machine-gunner 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 together Frank and Leon, and what may end up keeping them apart.
Evie Wyld is a young Australian bookseller, living in London. Her work has been published in Granta and in other literary magazines. AFTER THE FIRE, A STILL SMALL VOICE is her first novel and was published to international acclaim in 2009. It won the John Llewellyn Rhys Literary Prize for Best Fiction. She is currently working on her second novel.
Winner of John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize 2009.
Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2011.
Shortlisted for Orange Award for New Writers 2010.
Random House Australia
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