Title: The Shadow in the Wind
Author: Lazaros Zigomanis
Price (Paperback): $20.00
Publication Date: 8 April 2019
Format: Paperback (198x129mm, 142 pages)
At six, almost seven, Keene can’t understand what’s wrong with Mum. She lies in bed in the spare room, wasting away, even though she’s hooked up to a bag that is meant to make her feel better. Dad describes Mum’s illness like ‘a darkness inside her’. But Keene’s sure something else is responsible.
He’s sure it’s the shadow that’s killing her.
So, one stormy day, Keene decides to go on an adventure into the bush with just his Border Collie, Bunch, in tow – an adventure he’s sure will save Mum.
But even Keene is not prepared for the dangers he faces.
The Shadow in the Wind is a story of adventure and magical realism as Keene deals with and learns to reconcile events he’s too young to fully understand.
‘In his writing Zigomanis evokes the imaginative world of the child: the world of fairytales, of good and evil, of magic powers, where ordeals must be overcome, to save the loved one, and have a happy ending. For Keene, it is a terrible path to travel but in the end he comes to a kind of acceptance, and finds ways to share his grief, and commemorate the mother he loves. It is a serious story, beautifully written …’
- – Helen Eddy,
‘Inspired, unexpected and moving, The Shadow in the Wind is a delight.’
– Ryan O’Neil
Their Brilliant Careers (Black Inc. 2017)
Winner of the 2017 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction