Sunk in a deep depression Fern has gradually abandoned her work, her studies and any human interaction. Instead she locks herself in her attic room where she is haunted by strange dreams and the idea that there must be something more to life.
When her flatmates pack up and leave, Fern is forced to emerge in order to get supplies.. She tries to retreat back to her attic, but it is too late, she has been discovered and must escape across rooftops. Now on the run, she is chased by a mysterious man. Then, in a late night club, Fern meets Shamesh, a white-eyed bar tender, who sends her on a journey into the underworld where she learns that reality is not always as it seems.
Shamesh introduces her to Adam, an ex-soldier haunted by guilt. Adam is seeking redemption, Fern, a sense of self-worth and purpose. When someone begins reaching into Fern’s dreams, she decides it’s time to go looking for the answers she needs. Together, Fern and Adam embark on a journey which takes them from inner-city Sydney to the depths of wilderness Tasmania, where they must face their greatest fears.
With modern gothic undertones and drawing on myth and fairy tale, Flight is both a metaphysical thriller and a love story. It is also an exploration of personal identity and a strong social and environmental commentary. In short, Flight is a parable of our times.
‘An adventure story that encapsulates both a physical and spiritual journey. . . interesting and original with some startling contrasts between the ordinary and the extraordinary.’ Bookseller & Publisher
‘Dub writes evocatively about a beautiful landscape but, in the end it is the touching love story between Fern and Adam that truly compels.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘A mesmerising tale of the real, unreal and surreal. . .’ Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
‘Flight contains all the elements of a Gothic romance: the villain the persecuted heroine, the damaged hero and the forbidding mansion. Dub has a firm handle on action and pacing but in the end the realistic details of this novel: the Tasmanian wilderness, the shambles of Fern’s mother’s house. . . enable Flight to take off on what proves to be an enjoyable voyage.’ The Sunday Australian
‘The sharp depiction and the emotional force of the narrative are impressive. Still more striking is Dub’s ability to maintain the reader’s fondness for her eccentric characters. . . Flight is an effective, well-written and glimmering novel with well-drawn characters, a good sense of place and a satisfying number of twists along the way.’ Flinders Indaily.
‘This tightly written contemporary gothic tale grips readers from the first page. . .’ Busselton Dunsborough Times
‘Flight is propelled by passion and sincerity as well as the rapid trajectory of the story line. It’s a novel that will speak particularly to those who find themselves troubled by a sense of powerlessness over their lives.’ Tasmanian Times
Synopsis – Gathering Storm
Haunted by unanswered questions, Storm embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she holds dear: her family history, her art, even her relationship with her partner Max. Who is she really, and where does she belong?
Her search will take her from the snow-covered Malvern Hills in England to the rich red heart of the Australian outback. Retracing her mother’s footsteps through the stark beauty of the desert landscape, Storm hopes to find the courage to confront some shocking truths from her past and the strength to face her future.
Gathering Storm is an exploration of identity and dislocation in a personal sense, through family history and genetic inheritance, but also from a broader cultural perspective, in relation to nationhood and citizenship. It explores the nature of truth, the power of lies and the damage they leave in their wake. But probably, most importantly, Gathering Storm is about identifying and breaking free of negative patterns, by turning around and facing the monsters in one’s life and taking the journey from anger to forgiveness and compassion – it’s about becoming oneself and living one’s life in relation to that, instead of through the wounds that can be inherited from one’s ancestors, from one’s culture, and created through the experience of living.
‘. . . A bit of a Heart of Darkness Apocalypse Now tale. It is part thriller, part hippie road story and part rite-of-passage trip in search of identity. Above all it is a compelling, stylish and well-paced read. Frightening at times and searching in its awareness of landscape and family secrets, this is a fine debut.’ Weekend Australian
‘A deeply moving fiction debut in which Dub examines the virtue of truth, the harm of lies, the pain of secrets, the desire for belonging and the difficulty of confronting ones past to ensure the future.’ Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
‘A gritty sandblown kind of story that once begun gets into your consciousness with compelling insistence. Yes, it’s a page-turner and yes, it’s a thriller-cum-rite-of-passage tale. . . The strength of Dub’s ability to tell a story and hold an audience is clear in this first novel of hopefully many more. It is a book of many pathways to the heart and soul, of not only a country but families who deny the truth of who they are and what they strive to protect. . .’ Sunday Tasmanian
‘Here we have a Tasmanian writer with a first novel that grabs you from the very first page. Well written, it is a compelling story that takes the protagonist on a journey of self discovery. . . We will hear more from Rosie Dub; well done.’ Tasmanian Life
‘. . . a fascinating story of discovery, generations, Romany lore, Australia, and of Storm herself.’ Cairns Post
* * * * * Adelaide Advertiser
‘An absorbing first novel.’ Women’s Day
‘A tale of mystery, personal growth and discovery, this wonderfully crafted novel is uncompromising in dealing with challenging issues and exploring the life of a motherless child who has grown into a disaffected, directionless young woman.’ M/C Reviews
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