Elsbeth wants more than her life in Perth, and achieves this when she meets and marries Francis at university, who is from Singapore and the two embark on life in the tropics. They return to Perth and fail to make a complete success of their married life.
Eva the daughter of Francis and Elsbeth is the narrator of this gentle story and it is beautifully told. My friend and author Brenda Walker puts it best;
‘ A tender memorial to a mother who gives her daughter an understanding of hidden cruelties and the great gift of surmounting them’. Brenda Walker
Elspeth is full of inexpressible longings- to leave behind her beginnings in a small wheatbelt town, and a secret she scarcely comprehends. After migrating from Singapore, Francis just wants to make a life for himself that is not determined by the colour of his skin or the judgement of others.
Told by their only child, Eva, this is a novel about falling in love, and falling apart - the beautiful, sad story of a shared history that never ends.