Book: Backwards Into the Future by Bronwyn Elsmorecategories: Book, Literary Fiction, Cultural Heritage, Nostalgia, Friendship, Women, Historical 20th Century, Memories, Cross-Cultural, Childhood, Traditional Stories, Legends, Mythology, Historical Fiction
Bronwyn Elsmoreabout this book: "How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet" (Robert Browning)
It's not so much nostalgia that draws Mary back to the town where she grew up, though remembering her childhood brings on plenty of that.
No, it's the repeated insistence of her old friend Ana's grandmother. And she's been dead for decades. There's a task that Mary must accomplish, and Kui won't let her alone till she does.
The plum tree at her old home has gone, but a lemon tree thrives. The mystery surrounding the boat with painted eyes may never be solved; but perhaps some things from the past can be recovered.
Reviewers of Backwards Into the Future have said such things as –
• It's evocative, gives me goosebumps, compelling and gentle. I loved it.
• This was an outstanding good book to read. From start to finish.
• written with a sure, skilled, and sensitive hand.
• I was pulled into it immediately and it didn't release me until I'd read the last page.
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