ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Evelyn has her routine and her interests. She runs the local laundromat and is acutely aware of the people around her, although she doesn't like to intervene too often, when she sees something wrong she likes to rectify the situation. She has her favourites, most particularly young Ben whose mother seems to be making a mess of life - not that she judges June. And whilst she likes to keep some distance from other people, she befriends kind-hearted Don from the paintshop, which leads to other connections, and decisions that aren't ordinary in scope or effect… A beautifully written and gentle story, that never categorises Evelyn's strange behaviours, accepting her neuro-diversity (my interpretation!) without judging her. Each character, no matter how minor, has their own heft and depth, and this adds to the richness of a seemingly simple tale of community and empathy. Lindy
Hilde Hinton avoided being a writer for many years. But after her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Loudness of Unsaid Things, made a number of bestseller lists, everything changed. Now the stories won't stop. Hilde, dedicated big sister to Connie and Samuel Johnson, lives in a boisterous house in Melbourne with a revolving door for the temporarily defeated and takes great pride in people leaving slightly better than when they arrived. Her children are mostly loved. And so are her books.