Review: There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
Set in 1980 the stories of the two families are mostly told through the eyes of Mala and Ludek and are told in a way that is sparse but beautiful. No words are wasted as the author describes the freedom of childhood, gently contrasted against the horrors that were suffered by Eva and Mana. In the background, the author quietly shows the sense of dislocation that Mana and Bill (who once upon a time went by a different name,) experience in Melbourne, despite having lived there for so many years. After all, Australia can be a very cruel place at times.
Overall, this is a short and beautifully written read that highlights the innocence of childhood against the backdrop of an older generation who suffered greatly. A perfect read for anyone, but this one may be of particular interest to adolescents who are making the transition to reading adult literary fiction.
This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2020