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Moth to the Flame (Audio CD)/Dettman, Joy/Audio/1742677843/S099-A
Read by Deidre Rubenstein. Unabridged. 18 hours, 54 minutes on 16 audio CDs.
Spanning the momentous 1940s and 50s and dramatising rural Australia's complex and mysterious heart, Moth to the Flame confirms Joy Dettman's place as one of our most gifted - and underrated - storytellers.
Moth to the Flame picks up this epic story and we see Jenny bravely moving on with her life. She takes refuge with Ray King, a slightly sinister, stuttering boy who disappeared from Woody Creek as a teenager but has now reappeared. In return for regular "wifely duties", Ray offers Jenny and her three children sanctuary at his house in Melbourne. For a time, she is happy.
But then Jenny's father - the philandering impresario Archie Foote - storms back into her world and chaos reigns again. Archie recognises Jenny's brilliance and offers her a second chance - a way to escape the domestic drudgery and finally fulfil her dream. But when you have three children, one missing husband and another with a dark secret, dreams have a habit of turning into nightmares…