The Earth Hums in B Flat
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Publication Date: June 19, 2009 | ISBN-10: 1847671926 | ISBN-13: 978-1847671929 | Edition: 1st American
The Earth Hums in B Flat is a story of dark family secrets unraveled by the shrewd insight of twelve-year-old Gwenni Morgan, a child with an irrepressible spirit living in a Welsh village that is reluctantly entering the modern age. From the small bed that she shares with her sister at night she flies up into the starry sky above her village and looks down on the lives of its inhabitants. And when the family that she babysits for is rocked by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of their patriarch, Gwenni is determined to solve the mystery of Ifan Evan’s whereabouts. Turning amateur detective, she is unaware that the trail will lead her closer to home than she ever imagined.
Told with a breathtaking, irresistible blend of freshness and wisdom, the voice that sixty-two-year-old Welsh debut novelist Mari Strachan has created with Gwenni is vibrant, charming, and full of heart. An unforgettable character, Gwenni’s unique way of seeing the world lends her the ability to make the ordinary extraordinary. A magical novel about the trials of youth, familial duty, and understanding, The Earth Hums in B Flat will transport you to another time and place.
I loved this quirky book, full of colorful characters. It had enough moments of humor to offset the somewhat depressing subject matter. Small villages can hold dark secrets despite everyone knowing (or thinking they know) everyone else’s business. The twelve-year-old narrator, Gwenni, is certainly a bit strange and she did annoy me at the beginning, but I came to really like her. In addition to having a good, kind heart, she has the unusual power of being able to fly in her sleep, and one night sees something that becomes important in solving the mystery of a neighbor’s disappearance.
It’s hard to write more without giving some plot away, so I will stop here. Not a book for everyone, but I really enjoyed it (and I’m usually rather conservative in my literary tastes).
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