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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Loudness of Unsaid Things

Hildegaard Hinton

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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.

An unforgettable story of loneliness, isolation and finding your way. Heart-wrenching, wise and wryly funny, this novel will make you 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. She would try not to smile, but her eyes did.

Susie was seven, and already she knew she'd had her fill of character building. She'd lie between her Holly Hobby sheets thinking how slowly birthdays come around, but how quickly change happens. 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 she hated going to see her mum at the mind hospital. She never knew who her mum would be. Or who would be there. The older she gets, the louder the growing pile of unsaid things become.

When their paths connect, Miss Kaye and Susie will learn that character building is just part of life and surviving requires patience.

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