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A Million Things

by Emily Spurr

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A Million Things by Emily Spurr
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    Aug 24, 2021
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A soaring, heartfelt debut following fifty-five days in the life of ten-year-old Rae, who must look after herself and her dog when her mother disappears.

For as long as Rae can remember, it's been her and Mum, and their dog, Splinter; a small, deliberately unremarkable, family. They have their walks, their cooking routines, their home. Sometimes Mum disappears for a while to clear her head but Rae is okay with this because Mum always comes back.

So, when Rae wakes to Splinter's nose in her face, the back door open, and no Mum, she does as she's always done and carries on. She tends to the house, goes to school, walks Splinter, and minds her own business—all the while pushing down the truth she isn't ready to face.

That is, until her grumpy, lonely neighbor Lettie—with her own secrets and sadness—falls one night and needs Rae's help. As the two begin to rely on each other, Rae's anxiety intensifies as she wonders what will happen to her when her mother's absence is finally noticed and her fragile world bursts open.

A Million Things transforms a gut-wrenching story of abandonment and what it's like to grow up in a house that doesn't feel safe into an astonishing portrait of resilience, mental health, and the families we make and how they make us in return.


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Born in Tasmania, Emily Spurr lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her partner, their twins, and a deaf, geriatric cat. Short-listed for the prestigious Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Prize, A Million Things is her first novel.

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"An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel." - Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project

"Swept me into its thrall so immediately that I didn't realize I'd been holding my breath until I reached the end...Fresh and slim, this novel pierces like a bullet and soothes like a psalm." - Amy Jo Burns, author of Shiner

"Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written." - Catherine Jinks

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A must read of 2021
What an emotional roller coaster. I usually do not enjoy books with children as narrators but this book was an exception. What a brave, capable, empathetic, resilient character we have in 10 year old Rae. You will be rooting for her and her dog Splinter throughout the story. I so do not want to give anything away since I would like you read this book and have it unfold for you naturally. I'll just say that it is a book of unconscionable grief, empathy ,friendship, love, and resilience. The on-going dialog in Rae's head is so heart-wrenching yet natural. Her developing friendship with the curmudgeonly older next door neighbor works beautifully and believably only because of the character of Rae. I hope to see more from Emily Spurr and will gladly read whatever she writes.

I received an ARC of this book and I am leaving an unbiased review.
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