World Without Us
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD 2016 LONGLISTED FOR THE STELLA PRIZE 2016 It has been six months since Tess Müller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers and her younger sister Meg, but the more urgent mystery for both girls is where their mother, Evangeline, goes each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home wet, muddy and dishevelled. Their father, Stefan, struggling with his own losses, tends to his apiary and tries to understand why his bees are disappearing. But after he discovers a car wreck and human remains on their farm, old secrets emerge to threaten the fragile family. One day Tess's teacher Jim encounters Evangeline by the wild Repentance River. Jim is in flight from his own troubles in Sydney, and Evangeline, raised in a mountain commune and bearing the scars of the fire that destroyed it, is a puzzle he longs to solve. As the rainforest trees are felled and the lakes fill with run-off from the expanding mines, Tess watches the landscape of her family undergo shifts of its own. A storm is coming and the Müllers are in its path. Sometimes we must confront what has been lost so that we can know the solace of being found. The World Without Us is a beautifully told story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal.
From the highly acclaimed, award-winning Australian author, an atmospheric, elegiac and gripping novel, The World Without Us is a beautifully told story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal
Juchau has a perfectly honed cadence that borders on the poetic and her ability to communicate complex emotions is faultless Sun Herald on Burning In The precise crafting of this novel ... is a salutary reminder that in a good novel the writer is not only saying an important thing but also making a beautiful one Sydney Morning Herald on Burning In Mireille Juchau's strength as a novelist lies in a disarming humour and a beautifully pitched control so evocative it is almost possible to make out the imprint of a hand fading on skin Good Reading Magazine on Machines for Feeling This is a beautiful and disturbing novel about the fallout of the adult world and its impact on the young Australian Book Review on Machines for Feeling
Mireille Juchau is an award-winning Australian writer and The World Without Us is her third novel. Her first, Machines for Feeling, was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1999 and the second, Burning In, was published in 2007. It was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award 2008, Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2008, The Age Book of the Year Award 2008 and the Nita B Kibble Award 2008. @MireilleJuchau www.mireillejuchau.com