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

Although written by a woman, women are peripheral to this story, and although the men are bakers who create beautiful things, there is little beauty elsewhere in their lives.  This debut novel from Australian Evie Wyld uses alternating points of view to tell the story of three generations of men damaged by sorrow, loneliness, and war (the Korean and Vietnam wars, from the Australian perspective).  Unable to cope, they retreat into solitude and alcohol, withdrawing successively to a remote Queensland shack.  It’s a sad novel, and slow going at first, but ultimately beautiful and powerful, as the threads connect at the end for a glimmer of redemption.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: stc

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