Huge and heartfelt thanks to Halliday Smith for this super review of Further on Smashwords.
Review by: Halliday Smith on Sep. 09, 2014 :
If you’re looking for escapism, Brisbane-based Nene Davis’s novel ‘Further’ may not be your cup of tea. That’s because her contemporary novel tackles rarely trodden territory that some might instead describe as somewhat offputting ‘in your face’ realism.
But don’t be put off! For thoughtful readers juggling multi generational family responsibilities (especially those of the female variety), there’s a lot to like about this novel on the empathy front.
All praise to Nene for so sensitively tackling some of the momentous issues facing today’s global citizens who end up living at opposites ends of the earth to their loved ones. Her novel ‘Further’ shines the spotlight on a family adjusting to a ‘sea change’ of epic proportions, namely swapping Wales (and the Irish Sea) for coastal Queensland (and the Pacific Ocean).
According to her blurb, Nene’s novel ‘mines’ her own family’s migration story from Wales to Queensland some years ago and this first hand ‘lived’ experience has resulted in an authentic and moving storyline.
Her fluid writing style uses dialogue to propel the story forward as her characters are forced to confront, and struggle with, their respective times of life, some opening up, others narrowing down. And central to the action, mother of three Isobel is having anything but the time of her life as she struggles to do the woman thing and manage her brood, her marriage and her mother, sometimes at a distance.
Without giving the plot away, the ending moved me to tears of the cathartic variety.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Hi - and welcome to my blog! I write women's fiction and short stories. Proud to call myself a Welsh Australian (Waussie!) I live in beautiful Brisbane and write full time.