by Adam Byatt
Publication Date 06 February, 2021
Genre Literary Fiction
Sub Genre Suburban Realism
Kindle ASIN B08VW8TJF3
“I AM CONSCIOUS OF WHERE I COME FROM AND THE SADNESS THAT GROWS INSIDE OF ME.
I AM CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT IT MEANS AND WHAT IT MAKES ME.”
In a Western Sydney suburb that no longer exists, its name erased and replaced with another, a facade is created to mask the truth of its existence.
Behind it is…
a girl who runs
a young woman dreaming beyond her uniform
a boy cycling through his family line
a girl who yearns for metamorphosis
a young man playing with polarities
a father who has lost himself
a young man decaying under the summer sun
a man’s apology
a woman who longs to be seen
When the viciousness of hope is a powerful drug, the inescapability of hopelessness is even more devastating.
MOUNT PLEASANT is a chapbook of ten stories inspired by the music of Solkyri.
Profound slices of human truth. There is such a clarity in character, and a precision in a lived experience of Australia within these stories. Adam’s skill is in making us remember those small moments in our lives that mean so much to us. Read this to engage your heart.
Ben Hobson, author of To Become A Whale and Snake Island
A clean, crisp work from beginning to end; and a book American readers should look into for a vivid vision of Down Under.
Steve Zettler, playwright and author, The Joe Bradlee Series
Mount Pleasant (is) written with searing insight and a richly optimistic (though tempered by reality) understanding of the human condition (and) is far more hopeful than it might first appear, asking us to imagine not just what is right now but what might be, and how we might take that journey to the future, better version of ourselves.
Andrew Gillman, reviewer at SparklyPrettyBriiight