Sunday 21 October 2018
The Warehouse - Fraser Street Clunes
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tom Hope doesn’t think he’s much of a farmer, but he’s doing his best. He can’t have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It’s only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom’s heart breaks all over again.
Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew - and the most vivid person - Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy.
But it is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a batttle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award, and Joyful, published by Text in 2014. He lives in Melbourne.
'This book is a masterclass in producing maximum emotional impact without embellishment.’
Otago Daily Times
‘A beautifully written and haunting story of love, loss, and redemption. With his vividly drawn cast of characters in rural Australia in the late 1960s, Hillman explores what it truly means to love another person, and what we’re capable of doing to protect the ones we love at all costs. A gorgeous, heartfelt gem of a novel.’
Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter
‘A beautifully written, tenderhearted story. This is the kind of book that remains present even while you’re doing something mundane - like washing dishes. It lingered in my mind long after I’d finished the last page.’
Sharon Peterson, Readings St Kilda