After The Fire, A Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld – Book Review


My goodness I am on a total run of reading depressing books. This one is about two men – one who has broken up with his girlfriend and moves out to the middle of nowhere into a house that belonged to his parents or grandparents or something. He is gross and windswept and over-heated and drunk and makes friends and while he doesn’t want to. And there is a man, the son of a Dutch baker whose father goes to fight in Korea and he ends up conscripted to fight in Vietnam. And there are things that connect these two.

It is depressing and yet there is some sense of hope. I dislike these characters and yet I want them to find a way to live, a way to survive, a way to get through their pain. But I also wanted the book to end. I wanted it to end a lot. So depressing yet also so beautiful.

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld – Book Review


Jake Whyte has two stories told in this novel. In one, she is living on a remote island somewhere in Britain, farming some sheep and trying to remain alone, although circumstances force her to form unwanted relationships. The other, told backwards, is of a woman moving through Western Australia running from her past, a past that is revealed in slow and often painful detail.

It is an interesting book. Jake is a character that, while I can’t say I particularly liked her, I wanted her to succeed. I wanted her to be safe and secure, and to find some peace in the world, as she seemed in sorrowful battle with something; herself, her past, people in her past, beasts of all kinds.