Monday, December 16, 2013

'Infinite sky' by C.J. Flood

Iris Dancy's life has been turned upside down by the unexpected departure of her mother to Tunisia. Now her father is distant and drinks, her brother's simmering anger is barely contained, and the house is in turmoil. When a family of gypsies move into their paddock overnight, Iris finds herself intrigued by their lifestyle and by their teenage son, Trick, and soon they become friends. Yet, their arrival only adds more complications; Iris' father wants them gone, and her brother says they're trouble. As the heat of the summer grows, so does the tension amongst them all, culminating in a tragedy that will change them forever.

This coming-of-age novel is so gently written that its climax will take you by surprise. Ultimately, it is a story of love, betrayal, loyalty and family. The complex themes are realistically dealt with; they're not tidy and straightforward, but instead feel human and messy. There are no easy conclusions in this story, and the ending will keep you thinking. A very worthwhile read.

Caitlin @ Balwyn Library.

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