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A Little Rain on Thursday

Jack lives in a world of words. His work is a search for the perfect translation, the phrase that will capture the poetry of an elusive idiom. His love for Beth is a thing of intimate word-play and half-told stories.

So when he finds a fragile manuscript in the crypt of an old Sydney church, he is immediately fascinated. The language is like nothing he has ever seen. The aura of mystery is intoxicating and dangerous. But are the manuscript’s deepening secrets to be trusted? Are sinister forces gathering around him? Or does Jack’s hunger for answers come from somewhere darker, more personal?

A rich tapestry of ideas creates the backdrop for Matt Rubinstein’s dazzling new novel. A Little Rain on Thursday is a gripping thriller, a tender, bittersweet love story—and a compelling depiction of a life spinning into chaos.

Matt Rubinstein
About the Author

Matt Rubinstein was born in 1974 and lives in Sydney. He has written a verse novel Solstice, which was shortlisted for the 1993 Australian/Vogel Award and published in 1994. A second novel Nomad appeared in 1997 and an earlier draft of A Little Rain on Thursday was runner-up for the 2001 Australian/Vogel award.

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4 June 2007
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Praise for Matt Rubinstein
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‘Compulsive reading…A work of some subtlety. Aptly enough for a book in which languages loom large, A Little Rain on Thursday quietly surprises with its evocative clarity of diction.’

‘This is a book of romance…A Little Rain on Thursday is an alluring mix. Its backbone of literary mystery supports a range of other narratives. Part love story, part whodunit, part poetry, it is a book with something for everyone…Matt Rubinstein is a writer with a considerable future. Watch this space.’

‘Rubinstein shines. … A delicate balance between literary depth and welcoming accessibility.’