Montag, 15. August 2016

The Strays - Emily Bitto

It looks like a burned painting which of course fits the book!

On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it.

Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

My thoughts and opinion:
The story is about the friendship between Lily and Eva who already met as children. What started off as an unbreakable friendship was soon riddled with secrets and events that no one can easily forget.

What a powerful that shows the meaning of friendship and family. A very nice insight on how a family can survive on secrets, romance and pain. It's nice to see how a little commune is living its life after years have passed and to see if the friendship of Lily and Eva, that grew so strong still resisted to this day! 

Thank you so much Legend Press for sending me this book <3

Genre: Novel / Non-Fiction
ISBN:  9781922213211

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