'The story of two remarkable women and their tales of forgiveness and acceptance, from the bestselling author of The Lightkeeper's Wife.
'Abby is a young woman shying away from close contact with others and running from a terrible event in her early teens which has shaped her life. Then she meets Daphne, the daughter of a pastoralist, who grew up in a remote valley of the Brindabella Ranges. Daphne raised her family in the high country with her husband Doug, in a world of horses, cattle and stockmen. But the government forced them off their land, and years later, Daphne is still trying to come to terms with her departure from the mountains and the tragic impact it had on her husband.
'Though years and life experience separate Abby and Daphne, they understand each other, and a gentle friendship forms. While Abby's traumatic past hampers her involvement with journalist Cameron, Daphne tussles with her own family history and the shadow it may have cast over the original inhabitants of the land. Both women must help each other face the truth and released long-buried family secrets before they can be free.
'The Grass Castle is a sweeping rural epic that reflects the strength which resides in us all: the courage to learn and grow from the past.' (Publisher's blurb)
Here, everything moves,
Mists, weather and people move
confusedly over the mountains
only the monoliths stay
peeling their onion-skin faces back
a thumb's width in a century.
–Where the Body Lay
That the clouds should change so swiftly,
you and I so slowly,
and the mountains least of all.
From The Olive Tree: Collected Poems