Shortlisted for the best First Book Award of the Africa Region Commonwealth Writer's Prize and longlisted for the South Africa Times Fiction Prize.
Isla Morley's debut novel plays into one of our largest fears: what happens when a child is killed.
Abbe Deighton has lost her bearings.
Once a child of South Africa and now settled in Hawaii married to a minister, she is chafing against the expectations of her life, her husband's congregation, her marriage and the constant demands of motherhood.
But in an instant, beginning with the skid of tyres, Abbe's life is transformed when her three-year-old daughter is killed, triggering a seismic grief that cuts a swathe through the landscape of her life. Clawing its way through the strata of grief comes the memory of another tragedy, one that has been tucked away for twenty years. If Abbe is to find a way through blame and guilt and find redemption she must confront the last summer of her youth.
It is a journey that will take her back to the continent of her childhood bringing her face-to-face with her past, to the old witchdoctor's hut where curses were cast, secrets kept and a crime concealed. Abbe will have to make the harshest of choices, choices which blur the lines of life and death, responsibility and forgiveness, murder and self-defence, in order to find her true homeland.
Morley brings a pathos palpable in its authenticity and a maturity arresting in its conviction. [Her] poignant, read-in-onesitting tale of loss and renewal will haunt readers. - Booklist
Morley convincingly depicts a grief-stricken woman without resorting to clich?s . . . the storytelling, line by line, is rather beautiful. - Publishers Weekly
Come Sunday grips your heart from the first page and doesn't let go. Isla Morley takes us on an unforgettable journey from the hills of Hawaii to the plains of South Africa, daring us to join her as she crosses racial and cultural divides. A heart-wrenching tale of unthinkable loss and hard-won healing, this is a novel to savor, like the lingering notes of a fine wine. - Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid. Now in the Los Angeles area, she shares a home with her husband, daughter, a cat, two dogs and four tortoises. Come Sunday, her debut novel, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Prize for Fiction, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize and was longlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award.