Tuesday Book Club: Robbie Arnott’s “Flames”
If you’re after a wild, quirky, adventurous novel, then Robbie Arnott’s literary debut “Flames” is for you. Set on the Tasmanian coastline, Levi McAllister builds a coffin for his sister Charlotte so that she doesn’t have to be cremated like their mother. When their mother passed away, she returned to the family as a creature of flesh and fern from the wilderness, and spontaneously combusted at the doorstep of her children’s estranged father. And that’s just the first chapter!
Told through a serie of vignettes and colourful imagery, the book asks many questions about the environment and our connection with it, and the relationships we form.