An atmospheric, elegiac and gripping novel, The World Without Us is a beautifully told story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal.
It has been six months since Tess Müller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers and her younger sister, but the more urgent mystery for both girls is where their mother, Evangeline, goes each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home wet, muddy and dishevelled. Their father, struggling with his own losses, tends to his apiary and tries to understand why his bees are disappearing. But after he discovers a car wreck and human remains on their farm, old secrets emerge to threaten the fragile family.
One day Tess’ teacher, Jim, encounters Evangeline by the wild Repentance River. Jim is in flight from his own troubles in Sydney, and Evangeline, raised in a mountain commune and bearing the scars of the fire that destroyed it, is a puzzle he longs to solve. As the rainforest trees are felled and the lakes fill with runoff from the expanding mines, Tess watches the landscape of her family undergo shifts of its own. A storm is coming, and the Müllers are in its path.
Sometimes we must confront what has been lost so that we can know the solace of being found....
"A bright, bracing marvel of a book." (
" The World Without Us is an impressive, memorable novel, the work of a writer in command of her craft." ( The Sydney Morning Herald)
"Set in Australia, the novel shimmers, thanks to Jennifer Vuletic's narration. Her gorgeous voice and vivid accent propel listeners into the complexities of the story's community." ( AudioFile)
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