What is Left Over After
Gaelle has a dream job working for a fashion magazine, and a husband who loves her. Life should be perfect, but life does not always go according to plan. Feeling lost and alone, Gaelle flees to a tiny seaside town on the other side of the country. As she revisits the legacy of a strange, sometimes magical childhood in France, Gaelle finds unexpected help from a thirteen-year-old stranger.
As if she was experiencing her childhood all over again, she must ask: when you lose everything you love, what is left over after?
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘[T]his haunting wise book heralds the arrival of a remarkable Australian talent.’ The Age Pick of the Week
‘Skillfully structured story of a woman’s slow recovery from the loss of a child.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘… a moving story about a woman gaining self-knowledge and maturity …’ Herald Sun
‘There’s an overall sense of accomplishment here …’ Canberra Times
‘It felt like a summer holiday in Seista Park – unhurried and relaxed never sluggish.’ Flourish Magazine
‘ … explores the dark legacies of familial love gone awry …’ West Australian
‘… a beautifully written sensitive book.’ Australian Women Online
‘Lester has very carefully carved a multi-faceted heroine you can’t help but feel for and love.’ Canning Examiner
‘Lester writes lyrically and compellingly, with a host of multi-layered characters that will have you rooting and rejecting them in their own ways. Readers are lead through a complex maze of motherhood, marriage, childhood and learning to find yourself when all is lost. More so, it’s about the consequences of grief and the proceeding impact that can have on life.’ Better Reading Magazine
‘… an enjoyable book that will appeal to female readers.’ Books+Publishing
‘Natasha Lester’s writing is engaging and even in this debut novel her potential shines through.’ Beauty and Lace
T.A.G. Hungerford Award (Winner 2008)