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In a small Western Queensland town, a reserved young woman receives a note from one of her vanished brothers—a note that makes question her memories of their disappearance and her father’s departure.

A beguiling story that proves that gothic delights and uncanny family horror can live—and even thrive—under a burning sun, Flyaway introduces readers to Bettina Scott, whose
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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Tor.com
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Alix Harrow
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dark family fairy tale steeped in monsters and magic. Australian folk-horror with a strong Shirley Jackson vibe. Prose that lurks and bites and snatches at your ankles.

It's so good, y'all.
Corey White
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tale of small-town claustrophobia, family strife and secrets, and stories within stories, set against a backdrop of a uniquely Australian landscape so vivid you can smell the dust and eucalyptus.
Billie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an hallucinatory fever dream of a fairy tale that kept me up past my bed time just so that I could finish.
Jordan Shiveley
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are many stories tangled in the bramble lined lives of the people and creatures of Flyaway. But as much as the dirt and the scrub and the caves and the sky seek to keep their secrets one thing shines through in this book. Kathleen Jennings has created a work of startling wonder. The prose both lulls you down to sleep with its languorous beauty then swiftly slits your throat with visceral horror. And even as you lay there bleeding out all you can think to do is to turn the next page because ...more
Kristine
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A unique dark fairytale set in Australia, this story is reminiscent of Skellig by David Almond. Strong avian theme with plenty of dusty corners and ramshackle structures. In a small town, a young woman receives a mysterious note from her vanished brothers and sets off on a journey of discovery. There are secrets that have been hidden away in dark corners and forests, mysteries behind cobwebs and in deep holes. Atmospheric and creepy, the prose can at times be beautiful but it sometimes does ...more
Lisa Huang
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a very gothic and prosey novel and did well in accomplishing those two points in creating this dark and wild setting as a backdrop for a family horror. I feel like this was a novel meant for very specific readers and unfortunately, I am not one of them. I found it very difficult to digest the various narratives and how they all connected. The big twist revealed at the end was also not handled very well and became anti-climactic to Tina's character arc.
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Dec 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Cassie
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is magical realism at some of its finest! While the writing had the tendency to get a bit dense at times, the pacing of the story made up for it (the book is less than 200 pages). The gothic imagry in the prose paired with the images only added to the folklore feel.
Bobbi Jo
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
My word... That cover... Be still my beating.. heart. Oh!!
I now must read.
Kendra Burns
Dec 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dnfed this. I just couldn't connect to the main character, the writing felt stiff, and the plot too slow with out a good atmospheric base to keep me interested
Candie
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Reminded me of Neil Gaiman... no higher complement possible.
Alex Adsett
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the blurb: "In a small Western Queensland town, a reserved young woman receives a note from one of her missing brothers - a note that makes her question her memories of their disappearance and her father's departure. Slowly, after reluctantly seeking help from two old schoolmates, she begins to unravel the truth of her own past and what lies her mother may have told her. Transformation, enchantment, and the emotional truths of family history teem in Kathleen Jenning's stunning debut ...more
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