It is 1997 and scholar Marina observes Constance, a young Rwandan refugee, walk away from her crying son on the streets of Harlem. There follows a life-changing series of events - “A strange unfolding”, says Marina, looking back later. From the kibbutz of Israel, to the horrors of the Rwandan civil war, to the brownstones of Harlem, Alice Nelson’s exquisite The Children’s House is a moving meditation on trauma and loss, motherhood and identity.
Chair: Susan Wyndham
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Alice Nelson was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists for her first novel, The Last Sky. Her new book is The Children’s House.
Susan Wyndham is a journalist, writer and book reviewer, and was previously Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Her most recent book is My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent.
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