Today’s GalleyCrush is Robbie Arnott’s The Rain Heron, forthcoming from FSG Originals on February 9, 2021.
Perfect pitch: “A gripping novel of myth, environment, adventure, and an unlikely friendship, from an award-winning Australian author.”
First lines: “A farmer lived, but not well. If she planted grain, it would not sprout. If she grew rice, it would rot. If she tried to raise livestock, they would gasp and choke and die before they’d seen a second dawn (or they were stillborn, often taking their mothers, which the farmer had usually bought with the last of her coins and hope, with them).”
Big blurb: “The Rain Heron is a patient and rooted fable told as naturally as a tree grows. With timeless and captivating prose, Robbie Arnott has a talent for making it look easy. I was transfixed.” —Catherine Lacey
Book notes: Paperback, fiction, 288 pages.
Author bio: Robbie Arnott is the author of the novel Flames, which won the Margaret Scott Prize, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Fiction, the Guardian Not the Booker Prize, and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 2019 he was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. He lives in Tasmania.