When Daniel, a young Australian lawyer based in Los Angeles, is called back to his family’s farm, he has to contend not only with a philandering father and a sick mother, but also the burden of memory. He arrives in the heat of his parents’ conflict with Sharen – some-time tenant and his father’s ex-lover – who is now squatting on family land. As Daniel is increasingly drawn to Sharen, tensions spark events that will change them all.
With a keen eye for the Australian landscape and set against the workings of a rural horse farm, Wedding Bush Road is a stunning novel about the choices we make, the regrets that linger, and the unquestionable, inevitable pull of home.
‘I have known David Francis’ work for a long time – Wedding Bush Road is his best book yet.’ Jane Smiley
‘Wedding Bush Road is a beautiful, intelligent book about love, loss, and the unforgettable landscapes that make us who we are.’ David Ebershoff
‘In his exploration of legacies, honour, and the inexorable attachment to the places which shape us, David Francis delivers a beautifully nuanced meditation on the fraught relationship we Australians have with the patch of earth we claim as our own. He captures both our restless uneasiness and our fierce loyalty, and lyrically mines the compromised family ties which make and break and then remake us all.’ Cate Kennedy