After the Fire, a Still Small Voice
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About the Author
Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and now lives in London. She received an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was featured as one of Granta's New Voices in May 2008. In 2009 she won the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and in 2010 won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers.Visit the author's website: www.eviewyld.com
"Haunting and brilliant."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"This surefooted and even-handed multi-layered tale is fiction writing at its best with characters so vividly drawn, they seem to literally leap off of the printed pages."
--Tucson Citizen "An astonishingly assured debut. . . . A stunning work from a brilliant new voice."
--Esquire (UK) "Mesmerising. . . . A novel both taut and otherworldly. This adroit examination of loss, lostness and trauma is the beginning of great things [for Wyld]."
--The Independent (London) "A gritty novel. . . . Rough and beautiful. . . . It speaks to the muscle in Wyld's writing, which in richly telling detail describes the experiences 40 years apart of two Australian men. . . . Wyld distinguishes herself as another fine Australian novelist."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Written in pithy, crystal-sharp prose, this is a compelling read that uses the Australian landscape to mirror its characters' equally unforgiving emotional terrain."
--Financial Times "Wyld has a feel both for beauty and for the ugliness of inherited pain. The mood is creepy--strange creatures in the sugar cane, grieving neighbors, a missing local girl--and the sentiment is plain: 'Sometimes people aren't all right and that's just how it is.'"
--The New Yorker "A terrifically self-assured debut. . . . It's a cauterising, cleansing tale, told with muscular writing."
--The Guardian (London) "A searching study of the way war-induced damage passes from fathers to sons. . . . Uniting the disparate narratives is Wyld's brisk, atmospheric style and her fascination with men who commit appalling acts, but are not appalling people."
--Times Literary Supplement (London) "Passionate. . . . After the Fire is not a book of simple feelings. . . . One must admire Wyld for her courage."
"Just sometimes, a book is so complete, so compelling and potent, that you are fearful of breaking its hold. This is one. . . . With awesome skill and whiplash wit, Evie Wyld knits together past and present, with tension building all the time. In Peter Carey and Tim Winton, Australia has produced two of the finest storytellers working today. On this evidence, Wyld can match them both."
--Daily Mail (London) "Ravishingly atmospheric and wisely compassionate. . . . There's no doubt that Wyld is a writer of immense abilities and depth."
--Booklist "A triumph of subtle, original and unsentimental writing . . . Wyld explores the restrictions and distortions in the lives of men who won't or can't talk through whatever is eating away at them [with] great restraint and poignancy."