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“Hi, I’m Sarah Price and I’m reading from my work in progress, a young adult novel called Chasing Butterflies.
This is crap.
Sunday nights should be dumb reality tv and leftovers on the couch. Or roast lamb around the dining room table with talk of how you all lived your weekend. They should be nagging from your mum to get your assignment finished for school tomorrow, and your dad, lazing in front of the football, before another long week in the job he hates.
Sunday nights should come after another weekend of listening to the familiar sounds of your family. The sounds and words and noises that have been heard for years, and that are as familiar to you as your own breath. You should be able to rely on that. The good noise.
Not this. This weekend of dad not talking, but yelling, and two days straight of my mother pleading and crying and of shaking her pretty head. And my older sister, with her red face and no tears yet, but eyes wide like a frightened horse, scared to go and scared to stay, because for the first time in her life she doesn’t know. And if she doesn’t know what to do and how to stop it, then I have no chance.
These new flinging words that have cut through the still air in our small house, they have torn tight into my chest and dried out my mouth and put a sting into my eyes.
Me. Two days of living in this tight bedroom. Of toast for breakfast and lunch and dinner, and of shutting the windows to stop the neighbours from hearing. And of opening them again, to let out the silence when it was over. ”
ABOUT SARAH PRICE:
Sarah lives in Sydney with her young family where she works as a high school English teacher. This is her first novel.
“I have had three wonderful visits to Varuna and hope to have many more. It is a mother’s dream week of writing in solitude, profound conversation and uninterrupted sleep!” Sarah Price
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