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To tell you the truth, I kinda felt sorry for the kid. There was something in his eyes that stirred a memory inside me. For a moment, I was him, I was that boy hiding by the woodshed . . .
An elderly man, living alone in the suburbs, thinks back on his life - the missed opportunities, the shocking betrayals, the rare moments of joy. When his ten-year-old neighbour hides in his garden one afternoon, they begin an unexpected friendship that offers a reprieve from their individual struggles. The boy, often left on his own by his mother, finds solace in gardening and playing chess with his new friend, who is still battling the demons of his past.
As a sinister figure enters the boy's life, he must choose between a burgeoning friendship and blood ties. Can the old man protect the boy he has come to know - and redeem the boy he once was?
A poignant debut novel by a fresh Australian voice, The Promise Seed will move and mesmerise you.
About the Author
Cass Moriarty writes fiction and formerly worked in public relations and marketing. "The Promise Seed," her first novel, was short-listed in the Emerging Queensland Writer category of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards.
Just getting back into reading novels and this was my second adventure, had me very engaged.
A fabulous debut
This is a lovely novel about the relationship between an elderly man and a young boy. The mystery at the heart of the novel is cleverly unraveled and kept me wondering until the end. Dark themes are subtly explored; in particular one shocking scene is so deftly written I immediately read it twice to be certain. The language is descriptive yet not heavy handed. There is an underlying joy to the novel that reminded me of another favourite Australian debut novel Mr Wigg. Cass Moriarty expertly juggles perspectives and time, carrying the reader back and forth between gritty present day suburban Brisbane and the intrigue of boys homes and country towns of a bygone era.
The Promise Seed
ISBN: 9780702253751 ISBN-10: 9780702253751 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 26th August 2015 Publisher: University of Queensland Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 22.8
Edition Number: 1