A Coming-of-Age Story Like No Other: Read an Extract of A Million Things by Emily Spurr

A Coming-of-Age Story Like No Other: Read an Extract of A Million Things by Emily Spurr

Silence isn’t really silent.

It’s not loud, exactly. But it sits under things, making the little sounds stand out: my heartbeat in my ears, the sharp echo of the kitchen clock, the fridge humming. I move, and the rustle of me fills my head. Splinter laps water from his bowl.

His eyes tell me when it’s time to eat. Alarms go off when it’s time to wake.

Sleep, wake, eat, school, home, homework, dinner, TV, sleep. Wake.

Time goes weird. It keeps tripping over itself and dropping things. I stand in one room and then I’m sitting in another but how I got there is gone.

And something grows. Pushing into my head. Something else…

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    Publisher details

    A Million Things
    Author
    Emily Spurr
    Publisher
    Text Publishing
    Genre
    Fiction
    Released
    30 March, 2021

    Synopsis

    Rae is ten years old, and she’s tough. She’s had to be: life with her mother has taught her the world is not her friend. Now suddenly her mum is gone and Rae is alone, except for her dog Splinter. Rae can do a lot of things pretty well for a kid. She can take care of herself and Splints, stay under the radar at school and keep the front yard neat enough that the neighbours won’t get curious. But she is gnawed at by fear and sadness; haunted by the shadow of a terrible secret. Lettie, who lives next door, might know more about Rae than she lets on. But she has her own reasons for keeping the world at arm’s length. When Rae finds out what they are, it seems like she and Lettie could help each other. But how long can a friendship last when it’s based on secrets? Tender, funny, heartbreaking—A Million Things is a story of grief and resilience, told with eloquent simplicity. In brave, spiky Rae, Emily Spurr has created a character you will never forget.
    Emily Spurr
    About the author

    Emily Spurr

    Born in Tasmania, Emily lives in Melbourne with her partner, their twin sons and a deaf, geriatric cat. Shortlisted for the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Prize, A Million Things is her first novel. 

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