Eleanor stands over her husband, Leon, as he lays in their bed. They have had their final argument. It is the blue hour.
Petrified Leon will awaken and track her down, Eleanor sets off on a road trip with their young daughter, Amy, to Blue Mountain to get as far away from danger as possible. With her father, George, recently disappeared from her life and cut off from her friends, the only person Eleanor can turn to for support is her estranged mother, Kitty.
In an attempt to understand what it takes to move on from the past, Eleanor reveals to Amy her complicated and unsettling family history, the fractured and strained relationship with Kitty, and her cataclysmic marriage to Leon.
But as Eleanor and her daughter get closer to the summit of the mountain, closer to safety, it becomes clear the moment Eleanor stood over Leon in bed is not at all what it seems.
Has the relationship between Eleanor and Kitty had devastating consequences for everyone in their lives?
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From award-winning author Sarah Schmidt comes this vivid, deeply affecting and confronting new novel that explores the violence and beauty in the world. The fractures between a mother and daughter might leave you reeling, but Blue Hour is without a doubt a thought-provoking novel.
At times uncomfortable and terribly sad, this gripping read magnifies the horrible things people do to those they love while offering glimpses of the joy that can exist between humans and in nature. The many elements of Blue Hour should appeal to a broad audience, from those interested in historical fiction to readers of contemporary literature.
Where Blue Hour most succeeds is calibrating the weight of how grief/trauma, something unique and foundational in an individual life, hangs out within the
generations and, in its leaden way, will discourage any disentanglement from the particular frail human soul trying to begin a fresh life.
Much of this novel is painful to read, but it’s so compelling it’s hard to look away, even when the worst is on show.
...Blue Hour has all the force of a Greek tragedy, of characters who, in seeking to avoid an unwanted future, stumble head-first into the very life they have been endeavouring to escape.
A brilliant literary novel, with an ending that will leave you stunned.
At times uncomfortable and terribly sad, this gripping read magnifies the horrible things people do to those they love while offering glimpses of the joy that can exist between humans and in nature.Books + Publishing
This is a mother-daughter story which fills the page with all those parts of womanhood the world does not want you to know about - a hard-to-swallow novel that I urge you to read.Readings