The Voices: A Novel
Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (October 2003)
Format: PDF / Kindle / ePub
Size: 5.8 MB
Downloadable formats: PDF
Award-winning author Susan Elderkin — selected by Granta as one of the Best Young British Writers Under 40 in 2003 — offers a searing and eloquent lament for a fast-disappearing culture. In the bloodred dust of the Australian bush, thirteen-year-old Billy Saint finds guidance — not from his emotionally stifled parents or their Western culture — but from the landscape that surrounds him. Turning to the outback, the kangaroos, and the spirits of the native Aborigines, he hears the Voices of the country itself. Befriended by an enigmatic Aboriginal girl, Maisie, he is led farther into the untamed land and a culture that is not rightfully his. Billy realizes he is meddling with something deeply terrifying, and powerful beyond his control. Ten years later Billy lies in a hospital bed, recovering from gruesome wounds of mysterious origin. Cecily, an Aboriginal nurse, helps Billy as he struggles to piece himself back together. Shifting between his hospital stay and the childhood that led him there, The Voices unfolds into a mesmerizing exploration of the relationship between a white man, the land he loves, and the native spirits of the country, struggling to be heard before they are lost forever.