Ready to drop?
Why not grab a drink, pull up your laptop and join us for the next episode of Friday Night In, screening 8pm Friday 16th of February? Authors Fiona Higgins and Kylie Ladd will be discussing a release we are super excited for – The Whole Bright Year by Debra Oswald. The second novel from Offspring creator and head writer, The Whole Bright Year is a poignant and emotive story of mother and daughter, and the lengths you’ll go to protect your children.
Even more excitingly, there’ll be a special guest – Debra Oswald herself! So tune in to our Facebook at 8pm Friday 16th of February for a LIVE conversation. Pick up the book, grab a glass of wine, and get ready to have a girl’s night in with Kylie, Fiona, and Debra!
Hope you can make it!
In the summer of 1976 it’s picking season on an Australian stone-fruit orchard run by Celia, a hard-working woman in her early forties. Years ago, when her husband was killed as a bystander in an armed robbery, Celia left the city and brought her newborn daughter Zoe to this farm for a secure life. Now sixteen, Zoe is a passionate, intelligent girl, chafing against her mother’s protectiveness, yearning to find intensity and a bit of danger.
Barging into this world as itinerant fruit-pickers come a desperate brother and sister from Sydney. The hard-bitten Sheena has kidnapped her wild, ebullient eighteen-year-old brother Kieran and dragged him out west, away from trouble in the city. Kieran and Zoe are drawn to each other the instant they meet, sparking excitement, worry, lust, trouble . . .
How do we protect people we love? How do we bear watching them go out into the perilous world with no guarantee of safety or happiness? What bargains do people make with darkness in order to survive? From the creator of Offspring and author of Useful, The Whole Bright Year is a gripping, wry and tender novel about how holding on too tightly can cost us what we love.