I hope you are all doing well. Today I bring yet another review of a book I read last month for this blog tour. Hope it makes you even more curious about the book.
“A Question of Country“, written by Sue Parritt, is a women’s fiction novel, published on March 30th 2020.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Walkley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.
On Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds Anna and Joseph Fletcher.
Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land. Seven months later, an unexpected event causes their life to take a stressful turn.
Years pass, and Anna retreats to a fictional world she has created. But when a different challenge presents itself, does she have the courage to take the risk… or will she take refuge in fantasy?
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Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels:
Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014. Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020.
Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens.
Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism. Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.
This is the first book by Sue Parritt that I have read and when I read the blurb I was curious about the story.
I’m immediately fascinated by books that talk about migration, partly because my grandparents were Portuguese immigrants in France, and they used to tell me stories about how the community welcomed them, and how they ended up creating their own little community in the neighborhood. A community that is still present, although by just some other people that never came back to Portugal.
Reading this book had that feeling to me. It reminded me of my grandma walking with me and telling me all about the people that used to live in the houses we walked by, in her old neighborhood in France. The storytelling had that familiar feeling to me, although the context is different and it’s in a different time and place. This happened because of how the author created this story, like it was a memoir.
We follow Anna and Joseph Fletcher in their new adventure as migrants in Australia. And it was thanks to them, especially Anna, that I got connected. I can imagine that it’s not easy to leave the place you have always called home and move to another country, another continent.
I loved that this books touched some aspects about migration, and since it happened in the past, there is a different flow to it. The struggles, the goals, the people that we get to meet, the things we learn, the things we teach…
Overall, I loved the story, and I think it was quite an interesting and emotional story and it made me want to talk to my grandma and get her own story on paper. Stories like this, and others that are even more complicated and sometimes dark, have to be told, so I’m quite happy to see more books about migration out in the world, either fiction or non-fiction.
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