January Online eBook Club: After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

After the fire a still small voiceWe’re returning to fiction in this month’s online ebook club with Evie Wyld’s After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. This novel tells the story of two different men. Frank moves from Canberra to a shack owned by his grandparents on the East Coast following the breakdown of a relationship. Forty years earlier Leon is living a somewhat innocent life working at this parent’s bakery and flirting with a local girl when he is conscripted to fight in Vietnam.

This is Wyld’s debut novel and it won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. Wyld would go on to win the Miles Franklin Award. The reviews of this novel are very mixed. It has been described as beautifully written, violent, quiet and even sexist by one reviewer. This variety of descriptions only makes it seem more intriguing and I’ll be interested to see what our readers think.

Here are some questions to get the discussion started:

1. Wyld has described the novel as ‘a romantic thriller about men not talking’. Is this how you would describe it?

2. One reviewer described the novel as ‘sexist’. Do you agree or disagree with this?

3. There are multiple themes conveyed in the novel. Is there any particular theme that resonated with you?

4. What did you think of the characters? How well are they conveyed?

5. What does the novel tell you about father-son relationships?

I hope you enjoy this months ebook. You can download it from Overdrive. Whether you loved it or hated it let us know what you think in the comments section below.