Book Beginning – JUNO AND HANNAH by Beryl Fletcher

Juno and Hannah Synopsis

Juno & Hannah by Beryl Fletcher1920, deep in the New Zealand bush, a settlement of Christian fundamentalists live a life of austerity and isolation.  It is a place where there is little space for compassion, particularly for the women who can never rid themselves of Eve’s original sin. The elders rule over the women, children and young men, meting out punishments for transgressions as ordinary as self-reflection.

Sisters Juno and Hannah have grown up in the community, but when a stranger washes up on the river bank and Hannah goes to his aid, she finds herself accused of necromancy. The girls flee but are quickly forced to accept help. Hannah, unsure who is friend or foe, finds herself dependent upon and attracted to the man into whose lips she breathed life.

Juno and Hannah is a remarkable novella. The vivid New Zealand landscape reflects the journey of the sisters with its bounty of beauty and resources but also with its scars, wrought during the early days of colonisation. (Spinifex Press)

The Book Beginning is:

Some floods are silent, slow moving, tone deaf to the possibility of fugue and counterpoint. For weeks, the rain had held a polyphonic conversation on the galvanised iron roofs of the settlement. Sometimes the rain sang a lullaby, but when the wind came roaring up the valley pushing a wall of water before it, the roofs reverberated like a kettle drum.

Isn’t this a wonderfully evocative opening! I cannot wait to read more…

Find out more about Juno and Hannah by Beryl Fletcher Booktopia | Amazon | Spinifex Press )

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10 Comments on "Book Beginning – JUNO AND HANNAH by Beryl Fletcher"

November 19, 2013

Sounds good! There seem to be quite a few books at the moment about cults, a mini trend.

November 18, 2013

Great beginning and it sounds like an engrossing story.

Thanks for sharing the beginning on BBOF!

November 16, 2013

It sure sounds like a great read!!

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November 16, 2013

Gorgeous cover and gorgeous prose.

THANKS for sharing.

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November 15, 2013

I love the cover and the opening is intriguing – happy reading !


Interesting opening, I especially like that last sentence about the rain singing a lullaby. Very evocative 😀 Happy reading!

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