WHERE THE TREES WERE has been longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Indie awards, and longlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award and the Green Carnation Prize.
“imagined with a notable intelligence and sympathy” ~ Sydney Morning Herald.
“a moving meditation on the bonds of childhood friendship and the moral complications of atonement” ~ Bookseller & Publisher.
“an entrancing novel from a powerful new voice in Australian literature” ~ Australian Women’s Weekly.
‘All in?’ Kieran pulled me up, and the others followed. We gathered around the bigger tree. No one asked Matty – he just reached up and put his right hand on the trunk with ours.
Kieran cleared his throat. ‘We swear, on these trees, to always be friends. To protect each other – and this place.’
Finding those carved trees forged a bond between Jay and her four childhood friends and opened their eyes to a wider world. But their attempt to protect the grove ends in disaster, and that one day on the river changes their lives forever.
Seventeen years later, Jay finally has her chance to make amends. But at what cost? Not every wrong can be put right, but sometimes looking the other way is no longer an option.