- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
All the Way Home
All the Way Home is a modern verse novel that explores the importance and variety of family bonds, home and belonging, and the seductiveness of a well-intentioned but ultimately flawed dream.
Jesse is a restless young musician from the USA. Flannery is a young woman escaping the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In a small New South Wales coastal town they meet, fall in love and have a daughter, Maille. It is also here that they meet the charismatic Leon, who dreams of establishing an alternative community called Heartsong. Leon invites the young family to join him.
Whilst living in Heartsong, Jesse, Flannery and their daughter Maille work and live distanced from mainstream society for twenty years until the utopian society collapses, taking their idealism with it.
Praise for All the Way Home:
Reading All the Way Home is like listening to a good country song. It sings of love, loss and longing with a straightforward chord progression and tells a well-wrought story that lingers long after the music has stopped.THE AUSTRALIAN
All The Way Home is a striking collection of poetry, weaving a thought-provoking narrative thread through the intricate poems…This book is a wonderful example of the possibilities of poetry, and a good place to start for people who aren’t quite sure about poetry and like having a strong storyline to guide them.RAELKE GRIMMER, LIPMAG.COM
All the Way Home is a highly accomplished verse novel, where each careful line reveals a depth of meaning about the characters and their choices. There is a strong momentum in the story, and empathy for the characters.ANGELA MEYER, CORDITE POETRY REVIEW
In All the Way Home, Henry has skilfully developed convincing characters through rich poetic language. These are not cardboard cutouts, but multi-faceted characters who act from the songs of their hearts, and keep the reader intrigued until the very last page.ELIZABETH CLAIRE ALBERTS, TEXT JOURNAL