The River House: A tale of of love, betrayal

CHILDHOOD Christmases by the sea, young love, growing up in a changing world - so much is familiar and yet surprising in this book

Janita Cunnington wraps decades of narrative around a family's old river house on the fictional Broody River - analogous to the Noosa River at Munna Point where the author spent her post-war childhood holidays.

The familiarity of the setting never makes it ordinary. Cunnington's insightful, lyrical writing transcends the familiar in a debut novel of masterly storytelling.

This is the late 1940s, and the Broody River runs through a maze of sand- banks into the Coral Sea.

On its southern bank lies the holiday town of Baroodibah.

But its northern shore is wild - unsettled except for The River House, an old weatherboard box on stumps where the Carlyle family take their holidays.

Following the family's story through the decades, The River House is a richly nostalgic novel about love and betrayal, personal tragedy and thwarted ambition, illusion and remorse.

 

The River House by Janita Cunnington.

Penguin Random House, RRP paperback $32.99, or ebook.


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