There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett- Our Review
Shortlisted for INDIE book awards 2020
Favel Parrett delivers once again with her trademark style of writing with delicate brushstrokes and glorious imagery.
Two sisters are separated by war, yet they feel an invisible string binding them both across the miles. The main story centres in Prague – Eva is widowed, she cares for after her grandson Ludoslav (Ludek) whose mother has left the poverty of the eastern Bloc, performing with The Black Light Theatre.
Her sister Mana is married to fellow Czech Bill (originally Vilem) and lives in Melbourne with their grand-daughter, referred to as Mala Liska (Little Fox), because of her red hair.
With sliding timelines, we experience the intertwining lives, hopes and fears of all three generations.
There Was Still Love is a homage to our migrants and also to the silent older generation, ordinary people who do their best by their family with whatever resources are at hand.
There is strength and beauty in the ordinary and above all love. An exquisite novel by a great Australian talent.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books