A rare, original and stunning coming-of-age story resonating with echoes of Jasper Jones, Cloudstreet and Seven Little Australians.
The setting is the Mallee, wide flat scrubland in north-western Victoria, country where men are bred quiet and women stoic. Olive Lovelock has just turned twelve. She is smart, fanciful and brave and on the cusp of something darker than the small world she has known her entire life.
When Olive learns she once had a baby sister who died, she becomes convinced it was murder, and her relentless quest to find out what happened has seismic repercussions for her family, the community and Olive herself.
Little Gods is a novel about the mess of family, about vengeance and innocence lost. It explores resilience and girlhood and questions how families live with all of their complexities and contradictions. Funny and heartbreaking, this is a rare and original novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn’t always set you free.
‘A delicate evocation of a uniquely Australian childhood with moments of poignant almost-painful recognition.’—Sofie Laguna, award-winning author of The Eye of the Sheep and The Choke
‘A stunning, searing novel that reads like an instant Australian classic.’—Myfanwy Jones, author of Leap
Publication date: 21 March 2018.
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