THE EARTH HUMS IN B FLAT by Mari Strachan
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Reviewed Format: Paperback
Read: August 2010
Synopsis from Goodreads: Mari Strachan's debut novel, The Earth Hums in B Flat, has charmed readers around the world with its sparkling portrayal of one unusually imaginative twelve-year-old girl whose investigations into a local crime yields startling repercussions. Gwenni Morgan is an incorrigible free spirit with a penchant for eavesdropping and a stubborn need to understand human behaviour, which merely leads to more questions. Her struggle to define the world around her is offset by a fantastic dream world where each night she rises from the bed she shares with her sister and flies high into the sky above her small Welsh village. There, Gwenni becomes tuned into the earth's softest subtleties, and its hidden mysteries. When a neighbourhood family is rocked by the sudden, unexplainable disappearance of their patriarch, Gwenni believes that her unknown talents will allow her to discover the truth. But distinguishing fact from fiction carries more difficulties than she first predicted, and her quest for answers will soon lead her closer to home than she ever imagined.
My thoughts: The main character, Gwenni, is a young girl living in Wales in the 1950's. Gwenni wants to be a detective when she grows up and gets herself into trouble often by asking too many questions. She can't help it. She has a curious mind. She 'has' to know about things. Oh, and Gwenni can fly ...
This is a beautifully written book. The Welsh names took a bit of getting used to at first, but I found myself giving the characters names I could pronounce :) A touching story, but not overly sentimental, with just enough information about the people and places without going overboard and making the story longer than necessary. Lovely. I will definitely read any future books Mari Strachan releases.
My rating: 4 stars