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As children, Jessie Cole and her brother Jake ran wild, free to roam their rainforest home as they pleased. They had each other, parents who adored them, and two mysterious, beautiful, clever half-sisters, Billie and Zoe, who came to visit every holidays. But when Jessie was on the cusp of adolescence, tragedy struck, and her happy, loving family fell apart.
This heartbreaking memoir asks what happens to those who are left behind when someone takes their own life. It’s about the importance of home, family and forgiveness—and finding peace in a place of pain.
By the critically acclaimed author of Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water.
‘A wounded, lovely, luminous book about grief, trauma and the strange healing potential of words.’
‘A work of shining brilliance.’
‘Staying aches and pulses with life…Cole is a writer of immense talent.’
‘Staying is a well-written, extremely moving memoir that steers resolutely clear of stereotypes and self-pity…For all the darkness, there is light too. Cole is a gifted writer with a sensual turn of phrase, and her exploration of the reverberating effects of suicide is both illuminating and absorbing. It will appeal to readers who loved her previous novels.’
‘This touching memoir from Australian author Jessie Cole, whose childhood was irrevocably changed when her sister committed suicide, offers a rare personal take on unthinkable tragedy.’
‘Graceful, revealing, pitch perfect. Cole is an author who pays sharp attention to the world around her.’
‘[Cole] writes beautifully about the unravelling of this existence…This is a tender book about family, loss and trauma, and it deserves a wide readership despite its heavy themes.’
‘This memoir absolutely sparkles, and reminded me how powerful and moving books can be.’
‘When Australia’s cultural narratives insist an artist must leave home to succeed, Cole shows one forged by staying put…It’s surprising that, in the midst of such sorrow, what resounds is a sensation of fecundity. But perhaps it’s not, from a writer of such talent and grace.’