New Fiction: Little Gods with Jenny Ackland
Heralded as a rare, original and stunning novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn’t always set you free.The setting is the Mallee, wide flat scrubland in north-western Victoria, country where men are bred quiet, women stoic and the gothic is never far away. Olive Lovelock has just turned twelve. She is smart, fanciful and brave and on the cusp of something darker than the small world she has known her entire life.
Jenny Ackland’s Little Gods is new fiction of the best kind – funny and heartbreaking.
Jenny Ackland talks with Rose Mulready.
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Little Gods is a novel about the mess of family, about vengeance and innocence lost. It explores resilience and girlhood and questions how families live with all of their complexities and contradictions. Resonating with echoes of great Australian novels like Seven Little Australians, Cloudstreet, and Jasper Jones, Little Gods is told with similar idiosyncrasy, insight and style. Funny and heartbreaking, this is a rare and original novel about a remarkable girl.
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