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After forty-five years in Sydney, Cassandra Aberline returns to her home town in the Western Australian wheat belt in the same way she left: on the Indian Pacific train.
As they cross the emptiness of the vast Australian inland, Cassie travels back through her memories, too, frightened that she’s about to lose them forever—and with them, her last chance to answer the question that has haunted her almost all her life.
‘With insight, intelligence and unexpected tenderness, Guest explores notions of trust and betrayal, identity and responsibility, and in particular, memory and what may be left if it is stripped away.’
‘This gentle story is wrapped around a journey on the Indian Pacific train across the vast Australian continent.’
‘The book shows how magic, fantasy and creativity can burst out in the most apparently mundane of lives and places…Here is a writer whose talent is as magical as her genre.’
‘Guest’s descriptive prose is exquisite…A marvellous read from a talented author.’
‘A tender novel about how and why we forget.’
‘With its Shakespearean plot dimensions, A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline exists on the plane of memories, where grief can enlarge small events and erase larger ones… An engaging read.’
‘Guest’s writing is poetic, littered with finely observed descriptions, and musings about the nature of memory and self.’
‘A gentle train ride across the Nullarbor and through the frailties of life…Guest’s cadence and visual imagery is superb, the novel oozing with tenderness.’
‘Guest has given us a character able to ask many of the important questions about a life and its purpose. A thoughtful and challenging story.’
‘A compelling novel…Contemplative and wise.’
‘Glenda Guest takes a plot worthy of Shakespearean romance and infuses it with vividness, melancholy and an acute sense of place whether she’s writing about the remote outback or Sydney in the 70s.’
‘This is a contemplative novel, loose, relaxed and spacious…The way we move in and out of experience feels close to life, punctuated with flashes of mystery and significance.’
‘Delights and shocks with its spiritual energy and refreshingly original voice.’
‘This book will echo in your memory.’
‘An absorbing read.’