Rory Buchanan has it all: looks, talent, charisma - an all around good-guy, he's the centre of every party and a loving father and husband. Then one summer's afternoon tragedy strikes ... and those who are closest to him struggle to come to terms with their loss. Friendships are strained, marriages falter and loyalties are tested in a gripping and brilliantly crafted novel of loss, grief and desire.
Told from the points of view of the nine people who are mourning Rory, this riveting novel presents a vivid snapshot of contemporary suburban Australia and how we live now. Marriage, friendship, family - all are dissected with great psychological insight as they start to unravel under the pressure of grief. The characters live on the page, their lives are unfolded and their dilemmas are as real as our own.
Last Summer is a novel about loss - the terrible pain of losing a husband, brother or friend, but also all those smaller losses that everyone must face: the loss of youth, the shattering of dreams, the fading of convictions and the change in our notions of who we thought we were. It is also about what comes after the loss: how we pick up the pieces and the way we remake our lives.
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Reviews of Last Summer
"Readers who enjoyed Kylie Ladd's first novel, After The Fall
, will be equaly impressed with her second, Last Summer
... An absorbing and compelling tale about the fragility of human relationships."
“Intelligent, sophisticated, deeply Australian”
Caroline Overington, bestselling author of ‘I Came To Say Goodbye’
“When I wasn't reading it - when I was at work - I kept thinking I should text the characters to see how they were doing... they had become such a part of my life. This is a warm, wise, entertaining and somewhat life-changing book.”
"A superb tale of friendship, love, loss, depression, desire, joy and enlightenment... five stars."
"An insightful, natural storyteller"