All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – Our Review
ABIA Longlist 2021 – Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2021
It’s fair to say that I’ve been counting down the days for Trent Dalton’s new novel, ‘All Our Shimmering Skies’ to be released from the day it was announced it would be published.
Dalton’s first novel, ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ has remained with me since I first read it in 2018, so to say I had high hopes for this novel is an understatement.
In dusty Darwin 1942, Japanese bombs are being dropped and Australia is aching. In the cemetery, amongst the chaos young Molly Hook has her eyes directed toward the skies looking to where her help comes from.
The not yet teenage gravedigger is fleeing for her life, all she carries on her back is a stone heart that belonged to her late mother and a map that will lead her to find the fantastical Longcoat Bob, a bewitched sorcerer who she believes placed a curse on her family.
On her quest Molly she is joined by two unlikely companions, Greta a fiery quick witted actress and Yukio a fallen shamed Japanese fighter pilot.
Traipsing through the punishing Australian bush, these three are fighting back against the darkness. On an adventure of unburdening for young Molly, together we are privy to a wild, crazy beautiful trek, an unforgettable odyssey.
This book is a very different story to his first but with the same unforgettable prose. The reason I love Trent Dalton so much is because he has the most incredible gift of writing books that affect you deeply and leave you wanting more.
I loved every minute of it, during a time like this it feels like a tight hug from a beloved friend.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books