Synopsis: ‘The third memoir from the author of bestsellers Salvation Creek and The House at Salvation Creek.
In The House on the Hill, Susan Duncan reaches an age where there's no point in sweating long-term ramifications. There aren't any. This new understanding delivers an unexpected bonus - the emotional freedom and moral clarity to admit to hidden and often fiendish facts of ageing and, ultimately, the find ways to embrace them.
This, in turn, unleashes an overwhelming desire to confront her intractable 95-year-old mother with the dreadful secrets of the past before it is too late, no matter the consequences. It is the not-knowing, she says, that does untold damage.
Interwoven with stories from the land - building a sustainable eco-house on the mid-coast of New South Wales with her engineer husband, Bob, and grappling with white-eyed roans, dogs, bawling cattle markets, droughts and flooding rains, not to mention blunt-speaking locals - this is a book about a mother and daughter coming to terms, however uneasy, with the awful forces that shaped their relationship.’
Another instalment of Susan Duncan’s life and the most revealing one to date. This must have been a hard book to write as Susan is sharing many difficult and emotional times with her readers. I find it very courageous of the author to write about her mother and their fractured relationship. In this day and age when a great many people take it upon themselves to so readily judge those around them, and often times find these people lacking, then sprout forth their personal views on situations they know very little about, courageous indeed.
An easy read and well worth the time. I found it hard to put down as I was engrossed in the story. I also would love to visit this amazing house on the hill. What a great place to retire and while away the rest of your life. Except the farming bit! I would give that a miss.
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