Out of Alice
Penguin Random House Books
From the bestselling author of Pieces of Blue and Wildhorse Creek comes an evocative and heartfelt story about how in the remotest of places lives can be lost…and found.
When Sara Blake takes up a position as governess on Redhill Station in Central Australia, she isn’t expecting to encounter a family in crisis, or to uncover a tragedy of her own.
With the owners’ son critically ill, Sara is called upon to take care of their young daughter. As the family struggles to make a living from the drought-stricken land, everyone pitches in – and Sara finds herself letting people in to the empty spaces in her heart.
But the longer she spends out bush, the more she becomes plagued by elusive visions of her dark and troubled childhood. The fragments of memory lead her deep into the red centre of Australia, where at picturesque Kings Canyon she must confront the horrifying secrets of her past.
Kerry McGinnis has convinced me – The Alice is now on our travel destination list!
This is the second book by McGinnis that I have read, each so vastly different thematically but McGinnis’s trade mark passion for the outback and her ability to portray the locations with such an intensely visual palette is constant across both books; superb reading.
There is little more I can add to my previous accolades except – the main characters are warm and generous, the settings brilliantly drawn, the mystery beckons you to read and read on. Kerry McGinnis writes authentic rural narratives with complex plots and contemporary issues. Read on today – you will be impressed.
I’m already getting a sense of place just from reading your post, Carol. I’m sure the book must really convey it! The story sounds really interesting, too, and I do have a liking for those past/present connections.
I love Kerry’s writing – she makes you want to drop everything and get traveling! Whilst we were away on the last trip – we drove on a few dusty red roads and I imagined we were in The Alice. 🙂
Rats – not available here. Must go through amazon & even they don’t have it available until July 1st. They have one of her earlier titles available, Mallee Sky. Have you read this one?
No Anne – I have read also Tracking North and loved that