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296 pages, Paperback
First published July 24, 2013
"'I don't know. I haven't seen the news. I've been at work.'All of this is just too subtle.
'Can’t you look at it online, Dad?' Max asked. He looked genuinely puzzled.
Dad sighed. My phone beeped. Lucy? I got up to check. Dad pointed at my seat.
'Sit,' he said. 'Have dinner as a family and then look at your bloody phone.'"
"It's amazing how slowly time goes when you have no electricity. Several times I reached for the TV controller, forgetting we had no power. Kara had given Dad a plasma for his birthday. [...] It's funny how without something as simple as electricity it was completely useless – just a gaping, blank stare of black. Without electricity our house was a box of useless bits of moulded plastic and wiring."
(So much for showing and not telling, huh?)
"I couldn't remember the last time I had done washing-up. Before we got a dishwasher Max and I used to whine about having to do the washing-up and beg for a dishwasher. Mum would say that if we had a dishwasher we'd just whine about unpacking it and we were like 'No way!' But she was right, we did. Spoilt brats."
"'But how can you believe that a powerful God could let this happen?'And that's about it, compliments wise.
Noll hesitates, thinking. 'The bible constantly talks about how the world isn’t the way God wants it to be and how believers will feel alien here, we will never feel at home because this isn’t our home. And that has always resonated with me. Always.' He doesn't look directly at us
(probably because you've treated him like shit yeah)as he speaks. 'God doesn't want this and... and I know that it won’t be forever... and that is why I am clinging on to God. That's all it is – clinging. There’s no beauty in it, no eloquence. I’m not offering thoughtful articulate wise prayers every day. I’m screaming at Him to make it stop."