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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
the everrumble is a poetic imagining of intense focus and sweeping ideas. Zettie’s story is fluid and in motion, transcending geographies and time. She stops talking, at age seven, and starts to listen – to the worlds she finds in language and books, and to the people and places she encounters as she moves across continents. Her silence connects her to people, to nature an ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published June 22nd 2019 by Ad Hoc Fiction
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Beautiful, original, poetic hybrid novella from the talented New Zealand author Michelle Elvy. Each "chapter" is exquisitely condensed, highlighting the main character Zettie who stops talking at age 7. Instead, she listens. And hears what most of us ignore.

An ode to the earth, the environment, and to one woman's unique decision to live life on her own terms.

"But her gift has been to hear the minutest of leaf crackle and spider spinning, to hear a violin in Berlin hover over a lion's yawn reachi
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella is a lyrical and moving peek into the life of one woman who learns at a very young age that she is spiritually and physically in tune with the bigger whole. With gifts of perception and abnormally keen hearing, she embraces the sounds of nature (and drops out the cacaphony of mankind's engines, voices, civilization) and disassociates by refusing, for her lifetime, to speak.

The short chapters (flash) depict her at different ages and recount her connections to the natural 'everrumble'
Jackie Hatton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the everrumble is a mythic, epic, poetic, short novel. When Zettie stops speaking at the age of seven nobody knows why and nobody knows when she will speak again. This mystery travels with us as we follow the course of Zettie's long nomadic life. And as it is with Zettie, the presence of the everrumble is also always there -- another mystery waiting to reveal itself. Both innocent and knowing, the everrumble allows the reader to experience the world Zettie's way, unfettered by the usual conventi ...more
Meg Pokrass
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the everrumble illuminates the life of an exceptional child who at a very young age, becomes physically mute but spiritually open and alert to the sounds of the world itself. Told in stunning fragments, this hybrid novella is one to love and to hold close. A most unusual concoction of wonderful moments from the wizardly pen of Michelle Elvy- this is a celebration of life, a placeholder, both inspiring and sustaining during dark times.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Elvy is a New Zealand author and poet. This novella defies categorizing, the writing is lyrical, poetic in places, and the theme is stunningly original (as the book cover proclaims). This is a book I could read over again and yet again for the beauty and the strangeness of it.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
An original, beautiful, and beautifully written tale.
Karen Kao
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the everrumble by Michelle Elvy on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Find a hammock near a babbling brook. Let the birdsong enter your ear and nestle in your heart. Immerse yourself in the world of Zettie. This is how her story begins.
The light enters like tiny diamonds — ancient shards piercing the dark world. Zettie has curled herself so tight she can’t feel the fissures anymore; she’s smooth like a marble, no sharp edges. Under the wooly cover, she hears her own breath and nothing else. The bla
Nod Ghosh
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book that unravels like folded ribbons of colour. Here is a protagonist who casts her voice aside to listen, really listen to the sounds of the world. We see Zettie aged seven, we see her much older, we see her at a younger age.

These stories are crafted together with well-chosen quotes from classic fiction. Each can hold its own. Each fits like a perfect jigsaw piece with the others.

Here we see a girl who talks with her hands, a soothsayer. There we see a girl who could defy gravity,
Nancy Stohlman
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sitting at the crossroads between flash fiction, poetry, and the novel, Michelle's Elvy's debut book in short form, the everrumble, is an allegory, a fable, a love affair with the world, and, considering what is happening to our planet right now: it's a warning. In Elvy's hands the everrumble is alive, the beating heart of the world. Only one small child can hear it. But sometimes one is enough.  ...more
Bronwyn Hegarty
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a gem - poetic, rythmic and surprising in the complex messages embedded in simplicity. This is a unique book, and not one I would usually read - scenes of flash fiction writing. It was a memorable experience.

Lettie is an amazing and complex chartacter and I was blown away by the spiritual messages in this book. Lettie stops speaking at 7 years old, and the reason is unclear although one scene leaves big questions. While she doesn't speak, Lettie develops an astute ability to hear the wo
Johanna Robinson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book totally compelling and a stunning piece of writing. The author brings us back and forth through the main character Zettie's life, a girl/woman who stops speaking in order to listen harder to the earth. The rhythm of the book and the chapters echoes the soundwaves that are present throughout.

I found the experience of reading the book very moving - by removing the willingness of the main character to speak, we are forced to see the world through her eyes and hear it through her
TM Upchurch
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This story charts the life of Zettie who, at the age of seven, stops talking in favour of listening, and she hears everything, from dust motes to elephant feet, from the fizz of a cola to the sigh of a giraffe, and the ever-present heartbeat of the world. It's a celebration of sound and time, and a gorgeous reminder to pause for a moment, to enjoy our lives and the world we live in. This is a book that I'll carry around to re-read when I feel tired or in need of inspiration, and to share with fr ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - This is a gorgeous novella written in flash fiction, telling a dreamy, poignant, complex, layered story. It isn’t until the end that you’re able to piece everything together and then you’ll want to read it again for the language and the richness and to confirm your thinking. It’s a contemporary fable that crosses cultures and continents and reaches into the dreamworld. Beautiful.
Louella Lester
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this beautiful touching book. A journey through time and place. Small bits of story coming together to make a big one. Magical. Fairytale-like, yet not. Hard to describe. You must read it for yourself. Then read it again.
Bronwen Griffiths
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written novella-in-flash. In both a magical and realistic style, Elvy manages to pack in the whole story of a woman's life, from childhood to old age and death. At the same time Elvy also says a lot about the natural world and our current response to it. Recommended. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful words I couldn’t stop myself reading in one sitting. Zettie is lovable and shares her own love of the world and all within it. This story will stay with me and as Tania Hershman is quoted as saying it is indeed small-but-enormous.
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A Pushcart nominee, a Watson Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a three-time finalist in the Glass Woman international writing competition, Michelle is also the recipient of a New Zealand Society of Authors/Auckland Museum Library grant and a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship grant. In 2016, she was also short-listed for the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship for her novel draft, and her story ‘Lost a ...more

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