Review: Days of Innocence and Wonder by Lucy Treloar
When I was offered a copy of Days of Innocence and Wonder to review, I was immediately intrigued. After all, Lucy Treloar is an accomplished Australian writer of literary fiction, with two wonderful, award winning literary novels under her belt, Salt Creek and Wolfe Island. The plot of Days of Innocence and Wonder certainly sounded compelling. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this one as much as I hoped. I knew the plot was going to be dark and that parts would be confronting--I just did not realise how confronting. Of course, the subject matter--the dangers that girls and women face is extremely important and worthy of discussion--and it is something that is going to linger in my mind for a long time. Perhaps the importance of stories like this one is not so much whether one enjoyed it, but how it made them feel and how it contributes to a wider and more important discussion. Why do I find it so confrontational? Is it the violence? Or is it the fact that Till has spent her life blaming herself for an event that was in no way her fault?
As always, Treloar's prose is beautiful and there is a haunting quality to the narrative.
A deep and though provoking read.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for my ARC of Days of Innocence and Wonder.