On Sale: January 22, 2015
Featuring: Karl; Agatha Pantha; Millie Bird
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Literature and Fiction | Fiction
An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very
young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that
happens when no one else is looking
Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always
red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling
grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the
ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never
Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or
to another human being—since she was widowed seven years
ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby,
loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily
Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers
to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s
gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks.
Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment
clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam.
Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark
a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s
mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a
man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how
Together they will discover that old age is not the same
death, that the young can be wise, and that letting
feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy
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