David Rain's new novel is now published
David Rain’s new novel VOLCANO STREET is published by Atlantic Books in the UK today, available in both trade paperback and e-book. In Australia and New Zealand the book is available through publishers Allen and Unwin, and it can be purchased online all over the world.
Here’s what the book is about. This is taken from the Allen and Unwin catalogue:
“In the tradition of great Australian literature, a wonderfully vivid portrayal of small-town life and the uncertainties of childhood.
“What would Germaine do? This is the mantra that Skip and Marlo Wells turn to as they navigate their way through the twists and turns that life brings. After their mother is sectioned, they are farmed out to relatives in a backwater town called Crater Lakes. Sixteen-year-old Marlo spends her days working in the family hardware store, while twelve-year-old Skip spends hers avoiding their overbearing aunt and fighting at the local school. Both sisters dream daily of escape, but first impressions can be deceiving. When they meet their new neighbours, Skip’s classmate Honza and his older brother Pavel, they begin to see a different side to the town. As the hot Australian days roll by, the Wells sisters begin to settle into Crater Lakes, where they discover that prejudice and violence run deep, but belonging and family run deeper.
“David Rain is the author of The Heat of the Sun. An Australian writer, he is currently living in London.”
(And “Germaine,” of course, is Germaine Greer, whose feminist classic The Female Eunuch Marlo is reading, with ardent attention, in the opening pages – at least until her little sister annoyingly interrupts her …)
Bestselling novelist Charles Palliser has this to say: “I enjoyed this hugely. It’s a vivid evocation of a small town in South Australia in the early 70s which, beneath the exoticism, is pretty much like a small town anywhere. The novel is populated by some fascinating monsters and the young girl at the heart of the story is an enthralling and complex figure.”
The Heat of the Sun is available from many booksellers including: