My first book for the Australian Women Writers challenge is The Railwayman's Wife, by Ashley Hay.
In a small town on the
land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a
doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.
Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the
railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is
destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the
mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped
by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day
of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be
I really enjoyed this book, it's all about characters and how their lives are affected by an accident. Quite often when I finish a book I'm ready to move on to the next one quickly, but find I want to live with these people a bit longer.