The Railwayman's Wife

The Railwayman's Wife

Book - 2016
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""An absorbing and uplifting read." -M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans "This is a book in which grief and love are so entwined they make a new and wonderful kind of sense." -Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest Amidst the strange, silent aftermath of World War II, a widow, a poet, and a doctor search for lasting peace and fresh beginnings in this internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel. When Anikka Lachlan's husband, Mac, is killed in a railway accident, she is offered--and accepts--a job at the Railway Institute's library and searches there for some solace in her unexpectedly new life. But in Thirroul, in 1948, she's not the only person trying to chase dreams through books. There's Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, but who has now lost his words and his hope. There's Frank Draper, trapped by the guilt of those his medical treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle to find their own peace, and their own new story. But along with the firming of this triangle of friendship and a sense of lives inching towards renewal come other extremities--and misunderstandings. In the end, love and freedom can have unexpected ways of expressing themselves. The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can sometimes be to tell them apart. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016
Edition: First Atria hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501112171
Branch Call Number: F HAY
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 20, 2018

I liked the character development of this Australian novel and became involved in the story. My two points of disappointment were that my main question ( I don't want to spoil the plot, so this is vague ) was never answered and that the book seemed to just end with a new devastating event, but no resolution. For me it ended with a whimper instead of a strong sense of closure. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

ontherideau Oct 19, 2016

Like sinking into a deep wonderful couch, words well chosen and assembled.

Sep 01, 2016

A good read, warm and challenging story. A good book to read as a rest from tough sledding tomes.


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