The Railwayman's Wife

The Railwayman's Wife

A Novel

Book - 2016
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For fans of The Light Between Oceans , this "exquisitely written, true book of wonders" (Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author) explores the aftermath of World War II in an Australian seaside town, and the mysterious poem that changes the lives of those who encounter it.

In 1948, in a town overlooking the vast, blue ocean, Anikka Lachlan has all she ever wanted--until a random act transforms her into another postwar widow, destined to raise her daughter on her own. Awash in grief, she looks for answers in the pages of her favorite books and tries to learn the most difficult lesson of all: how to go on living.

A local poet, Roy McKinnon, experiences a different type of loss. How could his most powerful work come out of the brutal chaos of war, and why is he now struggling to regain his words and his purpose in peacetime? His childhood friend Dr. Frank Draper also seeks to reclaim his pre-war life but is haunted by his failure to help those who needed him most--the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.

Then one day, on the mantle of her sitting room, Ani finds a poem. She knows neither where it came from, nor who its author is. But she has her suspicions. An unexpected and poignant love triangle emerges, between Ani, the poem, and the poet--whoever he may be.

Written in clear, shining prose, The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings--and how difficult it can be to tell them apart. It is an exploration of life, loss, tragedy, and joy, of connection and separation, longing and acceptance, and an unadulterated celebration of love that "will have you feeling every emotion at once" ( Bustle ).
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781501112171
Branch Call Number: FIC Hay
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm


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LoganLib_Phoebe Oct 23, 2019

Ashley Hay has such a beautiful way of writing. This novel, set on the south coast of New South Wales, is about love, grief, life, death and the wonderful moments in between.

Apr 20, 2018

I liked the character development of this Australian novel and became involved in the story. My two points of disappointment were that my main question ( I don't want to spoil the plot, so this is vague ) was never answered and that the book seemed to just end with a new devastating event, but no resolution. For me it ended with a whimper instead of a strong sense of closure. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

ontherideau Oct 19, 2016

Like sinking into a deep wonderful couch, words well chosen and assembled.

Sep 01, 2016

A good read, warm and challenging story. A good book to read as a rest from tough sledding tomes.

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