The Earth Hums in B Flat

The Earth Hums in B Flat

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The Earth Hums in B Flat is a story of dark family secrets unraveled by the shrewd insight of twelve-year-old Gwenni Morgan, a child with an irrepressible spirit living in a Welsh village that is reluctantly entering the modern age. From the small bed that she shares with her sister at night she flies up into the starry sky above her village and looks down on the lives of its inhabitants. And when the family that she babysits for is rocked by the sudden, unexplainable disappearance of their patriarch, Gwenni is determined to solve the mystery of Ifan Evan's whereabouts. Turning amateur detective, she is unaware that the trail will lead her closer to home than she ever imagined.
Told with a breathtaking, irresistible blend of freshness and wisdom, the voice that sixty-two-year-old Welsh debut novelist Mari Strachan has created with Gwenni is vibrant, charming, and full of heart. An unforgettable character, Gwenni's unique way of seeing the world lends her the ability to make the ordinary extraordinary. A magical novel about the trials of youth, familial duty, and understanding, The Earth Hums in B Flat will transport you to another time and place.
Publisher: Edinburgh ; New York : Canongate, 2009.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781847671929
1847671926
9781847673046
184767304X
Branch Call Number: STRACHAN
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 21 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB May 05, 2019

Wonderful and deeply insightful novel, from an astute observer of human nature. *The Earth Hums in B Flat* takes place in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s and is partly about the secrets families have in a small Welsh village – or *think* they have. Most people guess the truth but tacitly agree to ignore it. The story is told from the point of view of a young girl who wants to be a girl detective to solve the disappearance of a neighbor. She doesn’t understand that instead of solving a mystery, she is exposing the hidden secrets of many people, including her own family. She thinks she is the lead in a girl detective story without appreciating the real lives around her. There is some humor and the slightest touch of fantasy, which might be real or might be just in the imagination of the main character. The writing is excellent with a detail of character that I really appreciate. A book to get lost in.

IndyPL_SteveB May 05, 2019

Wonderful and deeply insightful novel, from an astute observer of human nature. *The Earth Hums in B Flat*, takes place in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s and is partly about the secrets families have in a small Welsh village – or *think* they have. Most people guess the truth but tacitly agree to ignore it. The story is told from the point of view of a young girl who wants to be a girl detective to solve the disappearance of a neighbor. She doesn’t understand that instead of solving a mystery, she is exposing the hidden secrets of many people, including her own family. She thinks she is the lead in a girl detective story without appreciating the real lives around her. There is some humor and the slightest touch of fantasy, which might be real or might be just in the imagination of the main character. The writing is excellent with a detail of character that I really appreciate. A book to get lost in.

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