BookBrowse Reviews After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

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After the Fire, a Still Small Voice

by Evie Wyld

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice
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    Aug 2009, 304 pages
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    Nov 2010, 304 pages

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A debut novel about the emotional legacy of war, set in coastal Australia

Suffering from uncontrollable rage and an inability to handle relationships, Frank Collard escapes from Sydney to the small beach town of Mulaburry on the southeast Australian coast. There, amid the cane fields, rip tides and other lost souls, haunted by the Creeping Jesus in the dark, he fights with his demons and comes to terms with his history.

Evie Wyld’s impressive first novel employs the harsh and often dangerous Australian environment as a setting for the loneliness and devastation that can ruin a man’s life after he returns from war. Asked about writing a book almost completely from a male perspective, she says, "I’ve always leant toward a more masculine voice. It was quite a nice thing to do to sit at my desk and to have to physically imagine myself as a man and sort of stomp around the flat a bit." She wrote the book as a tribute to her beloved uncle who ...

About the Author
Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and London, where she currently lives. She received an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was featured as one of Granta’s New Voices in May 2008.

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