By Cass Moriarty
Paperback: 304 Pages
Genre: Australian, Contemporary,
Rating: 4 stars
The story of an older man and a 10-year boy on a suburban street in the city of Brisbane.
While we never learn their names, we do learn their stories.
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to call the old man Robert and the young boy James.
This book is narrated from two points of view (pov’s). The elderly man is in the first person and the boy’s in the third. While this can be a little confusing it works in a profound way.
We learn that an event happened to Robert when he was about 4 years old, and he was taken away from his family and placed in an orphanage.
Robert’s life was never easy, he craves family and love. When he finally has the chance for his own family his past comes back to haunt him.
One day Robert meets James in his garden. James is taking refuge among his chickens, He is hiding from his mum’s boyfriend, whom he does not like.
It’s clear that James is neglected, and that his mum makes poor choices.
Together Robert and James form an unlikely friendship, all while tending his veggie patch.
This was an ebook that I purchased back in June 2017, I have no idea why I waited so long to read this.
It’s sad, it’s tragic, and you just hope that the characters are able to heal and have a brighter future.
This book is beautifully written, and while the characters are fictional the sad reality is that there are people in our world, possibly even living right next door who are suffering and we wouldn’t even know.