A Town Called Solace Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.
Clara's sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Eight-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents' efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered.
Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, moves into the house next door, a house left to him by an old woman he can barely remember and within hours gets a visit from the police. It seems he's suspected of a crime.
At the end of her life Elizabeth Orchard is thinking about a crime too, one committed 30 years ago that had tragic consequences for two families and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.
Set in Northern Ontario in 1972, A Town Called Solace explores the relationships of these three people brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. By turns gripping and darkly funny, it uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, but shows that sometimes a new life is possible.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 32 minutes|
|Narrator||Maggie Huculak, Tajja Isen, Ian Lake|
|Audible.in Release Date||18 February 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,388 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#10 in Small Town & Rural Fiction
#173 in Literary Fiction
#6,983 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)
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By Singh, R. on 2 July 2021
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The action is set in the aptly entitled northern Ontario village of Solace in 1972. At its heart are three characters who between them carry the narrative and whose lives are increasingly interwoven: Liam Kane, whose recent divorce has brought to a close a relationship fraught with difficulties, from which he is still not free, the precociously wise and perceptive 8-year-old Clara, whose 16-year-old older sister has run away from home, and Elizabeth Orchard, in hospital and close to the end of her life. To reveal more would be to trespass on what Mary Lawson has to share with us.
Without a trace of affectation or sentimentality, the author writes beautifully, evoking a range of emotions from grief and sadness to hope and contentment. We move seamlessly from the near-tragic and painful to exuberant humour, all the more effective for its understatement. There is nothing flashy or melodramatic here, nor anything forced.
There are very few contemporary writers in English who can approach anything like the natural ease, subtlety and intelligence that marks this novel. An unmitigated delight.