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Driving into the Sun

by Marcella Polain

For Orla, living in the suburbs in 1968 on the cusp of adolescence, her father is a great shining light, whose warm and powerful presence fills her world.
But in the aftermath of his sudden death, Orla, her mother and her sister are left in a no-man’s-land, a place where the rights and protections of the nuclear family suddenly and mysteriously no longer apply, and where the path between girl and woman must be navigated alone.


Driving into the Sun is a truly beautiful book, imaginatively dense, tender, full of respect for children and the vivacity of their inner worlds. The vision here is original and brilliantly true …’ Gail Jones

‘This is an engaging and confronting novel that explores the resounding impact of grief.’Books+Publishing

Driving into the Sun is a lyrical book … Phrases are cut off or repeated, giving the prose a poetic quality that’s a pleasure to read … Orla’s naïveté and experiences of grief are moving, making for a slow coming-of-age story – with a shocking conclusion.’ Adelaide Advertiser


05 February, 2019

About Marcella Polain

Dr Marcella Polain was born in Singapore and immigrated to Perth when she was two years old, with her Armenian mother and Irish father. She has a background in theatre and screen writing, and has lectured in the Writing program at Edith Cowan University. She was founding WA editor for the national poetry journal Blue Dog, has been poetry editor for Westerly and was inaugural editor for the WA journal Indigo. She has published essays on writing and completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2006.


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