All the Way Home
It's the end of the 1960s. Jesse - an American - travels light. He has no family, just a guitar and a desire to do what he's always done - to keep moving. Flannery - who is attached to plenty of strings in her Northern Ireland home - is worn out by sectarian violence and is looking for a place to help her forget. Australia is waiting to give them both a fresh start - and so is the charismatic and enigmatic Leon, who dreams of creating the perfect community on the New South Wales coast. But, is this community a commune or a cult? All the Way Home explores the importance of family bonds, home and belonging, and the seductiveness of a well-intentioned but ultimately-flawed dream. It is a modern verse novel, straddling the two genres of fiction and poetry, and it is a strong story with compelling characters told in lucid poetry. The book will have readers discussing issues that arise from idealism - the tensions between ideals and practicality, between family and the collective good, between instincts and a sense of responsibility, between desires and responses to authority. In a society that has become highly individualistic and often isolating, All the Way Home also examines another universal human dilemma, the tradeoff between personal freedom and belonging. *** Author Kristin Henry was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and migrated to Australia at the age of 18. As a writer, teacher, poet, and singer, Kristin Henry has published and performed her work across radio, television, and the stage.
Publication Date: 5/15/2012