I am a foreign news video producer. At age twenty-four, I left Australia on a journey, spending much of my life reporting war and civil strife. I’ve documented every major conflict since then, from Bosnia, Chechnya and Rwanda, through to today’s Arab Spring. Interestingly, I found it wasn’t the appalling events seen in war or, unfortunately, the death of colleagues that tormented me most, but matters of the heart.
In many intimate moments I learnt things I later didn’t want to know. This is where the real stories were – pillow talk and the profound two-o’clock-in-the-morning conversations with friends. The tragic fact is my fictional story is a watered-down version of the truth, because the truth was unbearable to write.
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on July 23, 2012 :
Zelma beautifully captures the unrest caused by unanswered questions as a man in the autumn of his life desperately seeks closure on his son's death.
As in life, his probings seem only to lead to more questions and I enjoyed the fact that there are no easy answers or quick fixes in this book. It's all about the journey, which is well-paced and unexpected.
A poignant read set against a fiery Australian landscape rarely captured in literature. I would definitely recommend this.
(reviewed the day of purchase)