If you loved Boy Swallows Universe and Lost and Found, you will love this debut novel. A stunning story about family, loneliness and isolation that will make you laugh, cry and be a bit kinder to those who are lost.
Miss Kaye works at the Institute. A place for the damaged, the outliers, the not-quite-rights. Everyone has different strategies to deal with the residents. Some bark orders. Some negotiate tirelessly. Miss Kaye found that simply being herself was mostly the right thing to do.
Susie was seven when she realised she’d had her fill of character building. She’d lie between her Holly Hobbie sheets thinking how slowly birthdays come around, but how quickly change happened. One minute her dad was saying that the family needed to move back to the city and then, SHAZAM, they were there. Her mum didn’t move to the new house with them. And Susie hated going to see her mum at the mind hospital. She never knew who her mum would be. Or who would be there. As the years passed, there were so many things Susie wanted to say but never could.
Miss Kaye will teach Susie that the loudness of unsaid things can be music—and together they will learn that living can be more than surviving.
Hilde Hinton has been a dedicated big sister to Connie and Samuel Johnson her whole life. She has avoided being a writer for many years but has finally succumbed. The Loudness of Unsaid Things is her debut novel.
She lives in a boisterous house in Melbourne with a revolving door for the temporarily defeated and takes great pride in people leaving slightly better than when they arrived. Her children are mostly loved.
Samuel Johnson and his family have helped raise $10 million for cancer research and are currently on a two-year national tour seeking support for a push for personalised treatment for all cancer patients, no matter the cancer, or where the patient lives.
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