The Spark of Inspiration: Read a Q&A with Kelly Rimmer about her new novel, The Things We Cannot Say

The Spark of Inspiration: Read a Q&A with Kelly Rimmer about her new novel, The Things We Cannot Say

About the author:

 Kelly Rimmer has sold over 600,000 digital copies of her previous four novels: Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, and A Mother’s Confession. Before I Let You Go was Kelly’s first novel with Hachette Australia and was a Top 10 bestseller. Kelly lives in rural NSW with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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What inspired The Things We Cannot Say?

A single moment at my family Christmas party. It struck out of the blue that dozens of descendants of my Polish Catholic grandparents call Australia home because of decisions my grandparents made during wartime… but both grandparents had passed away, and I had no idea how we ended up here.

What was your research process for this book?

My books are always research intensive, but this one was a whole new level! That moment at the Christmas party was a decade ago, but I was working on this concept on and off for all of the years since. I also spent several weeks in Poland last year, writing and researching.

What was your favourite thing about writing The Things We Cannot Say?

It would have to be the time I spent in Poland. My aunt came along to help with translation, and we shared such a meaningful and intense experience as we travelled. I just loved everything about writing this book. It felt like a special story right from the first word.

Who would be your three dream dinner guests and why?

Can I have a sneaky extra dinner guest, pretty please? After writing this book, I’d have to say my own grandparents. All four passed away when I was young, but I so wish I had the opportunity now to sit down with them and to learn more about their lives.

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                      Synopsis

                      A searing page-turner of family secrets and the legacy of war by the Top 10 bestselling Australian author of BEFORE I LET YOU GO2019 Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.WWII Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn't know if Tomasz is alive or dead.2019 In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?Inspired by the author's own family history, The Things We Cannot Say unearths a tragic love story and a family secret whose far-reaching effects will alter lives forever.
                      Kelly Rimmer
                      About the author

                      Kelly Rimmer

                      Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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