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.