- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Stella’s Sea is a beautiful novel about the symbiotic nature of life: bees and orchids, loss and love, nurture and growth.
Stella moves from her wheatbelt family home to a run-down house in Cottesloe on WA’s coast. Her daughter, Miff, has died in a motorbike accident; her husband can’t bear to look at her; her father is in a nursing home; her brother is overseas. Her only company is her daughter’s dog.
Every morning Stella walks with Miff’s dog along Cottesloe beach. She’s not a part of the scene even though she’s conspicuous in her beekeeper things and mismatched garments. Her yellow scarf sparks the interest of Ari, an ex-prisoner and Coastcare volunteer.
As a new friendship slowly forms, Stella recollects her past to deal with her present. But can she acknowledge the guilt that prevents her from moving into the future?
Praise for Stella's Sea:
A beautifully crafted and tender tribute to grief, loss, love and friendship.SARAH MCNEILL, THE POST
This novel is a stunner: gentle and evocative and beautifully written. This sensitive picture of grief builds into an uplifting take of love and loss and of endings and beginnings.PAT PALEEYA, HAVE-A-GO NEWS