The story of two remarkable women and their tales of forgiveness and acceptance, from the bestselling author of The Lightkeeper's Wife.
Abby is a young woman shying away from close contact with others and running from a terrible event in her early teens which has shaped her life. Then she meets Daphne, the daughter of a pastoralist, who grew up in a remote valley of the Brindabella Ranges. Daphne raised her family in the high country with her husband Doug, in a world of horses, cattle and stockmen. But the government forced them off their land, and years later, Daphne is still trying to come to terms with her departure from the mountains and the tragic impact it had on her husband.
Though years and life experience separate Abby and Daphne, they understand each other, and a gentle friendship forms. While Abby's traumatic past hampers her involvement with journalist Cameron, Daphne tussles with her own family history and the shadow it may have cast over the original inhabitants of the land. Both women must help each other face the truth and released long-buried family secrets before they can be free.
The Grass Castle is a sweeping rural epic that reflects the strength which resides in us all: the courage to learn and grow from the past.
Born in Melbourne and raised in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories, Karen Viggers went on to study veterinary science at Melbourne University before working in practice for several years. She completed a PhD in wildlife health, and since then she has worked on a wide range of Australian native animals, including kangaroos. Karen loves landscapes, wild places, people and animals. She is the author of two previous novels: The Stranding (A&U 2008) and the bestselling, The Lightkeeper's Wife (A&U 2011). The Grass Castle is her third novel. She lives in Canberra with her husband and two children.
The Grass Castle
Allen and Unwin
Author: Karen Viggers