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Little Gods

Narrated by: Miranda Nation
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 northwestern Victoria, country where men are bred quiet, women stoic and the Gothic is never far away. Olive Lovelock has just turned 12. She is smart, fanciful and brave and on the cusp of something darker than the small world she has known her entire life. She knows that adults aren't very good at keeping secrets and makes it her mission to uncover as many as she can. When she learns that she once had a baby sister who died - a child unacknowledged by her close but challenging family - Olive becomes convinced it was murder. 

Her obsession with the mystery and relentless quest to find out what happened have seismic repercussions for the rest of her family and their community. As everything starts to change, it is Olive herself who has the most to lose as the secrets she unearths multiply and take on complicated lives of their own. 

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.

©2018 Jenny Ackland (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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