- Narrated by: Maria Angelico
- Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
In the summer of 1976, it was fruit picking season on an Australian stone orchard run by Celia, a hardworking woman in her 40s. Years ago, when her husband was killed as a bystander during an armed robbery, Celia left the city and brought her newborn daughter, Zoe, to this farm for a safe life. . Now 16 years old, Zoe is a smart, passionate girl who always fights against her mother’s protection, longing to find intensity and a little danger.
Infiltrating this world as itinerant fruit pickers are a pair of desperate brothers from Sydney. Tough Sheena kidnaps Kieran, her wild, boisterous 18-year-old brother, and drags him out west, away from trouble in the city. Kieran and Zoe are attracted to each other the moment they meet, sparking excitement, anxiety, desire, trouble….
How do we protect the people we love? How can we bear to see them enter a dangerous world with no guarantee of safety or happiness? What must humans trade with darkness to survive? From the author of Descendants and the author of Useful, The Whole Bright Year is a gripping, satirical, and tender novel about how holding on too tightly can cost us what we love. precious.
The Whole Bright Year is a soft meandering novel with so many lovely moments and a surprising end. Maria does an incredible job narrating the story and voicing the characters to really light your imagination. Highly recommend.
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