WINNER: 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
Claire lives in an ordinary world where everything is whole. But inside Claire is broken. The silvery notes of her music box allow her an escape from her grief into a dream-world, into Clara’s world.
Clara’s world has always been broken. She finds broken things to swap at the markets; she walks the treacherous route past the brown river where lone dogs prowl; she avoids the seamy side when she can, but with powerful people pulling the strings, it’s not always possible.
Which world is real?
Claire’s and Clara’s paths are set to collide, and each has much to lose – or gain.
Original and poetic, this captivating novel explores dreams, grief, friendship and love through a brilliantly constructed dystopian fantasy world.
‘Like the sound of the little loved music box that is so pivotal to the story, Penni Russon’s Only Ever Always is both deeply touching and strangely eerie, leaving the reader with a mixture of warmth and apprehension, yearning and wonder – about death, life, language, art,dreams and childhood. Fascinating and absolutely memorable.’ – Ursula Dubosarsky