A wonderful new storyteller unleashes a soaring debut that sweeps from the hills of Hawaii to the veldt of South Africa.
Come Sunday is that joyous, special thing: a saga that captivates from the very first page, breaking our hearts while making our spirits soar.
Abbe Deighton is a woman who has lost her bearings. Once a child of the African plains, she is now settled in Hawaii, married to a minister, and waging her battles in a hallway of monotony. There is the leaky roof, the chafing expectations of her husband’s congregation, and the constant demands of motherhood. But in an instant, beginning with the skid of tires, Abbe’s battlefield is transformed when her three-year-old daughter is killed, triggering in Abbe a seismic grief that will cut a swath through the landscape of her life and her identity.
What an enthralling debut this is! What a storyteller we have here! As Isla Morley’s novel sweeps from the hills of Honolulu to the veldt of South Africa, we catch a hint of the spirit of Barbara Kingsolver and the mesmerizing truth of Jodi Picoult. We are reminded of how it felt, a while ago, to dive into the drama of The Thorn Birds.
Come Sunday is a novel about searching for a true homeland, family bonds torn asunder, and the unearthing of decades-old secrets. It is a novel to celebrate, and Isla Morley is a writer to love.
A wonderful new storyteller unleashes a soaring debut that sweeps from the hills of Hawaii to the veldt of South Africa.,
ISLA MORLEY grew up in South Africa during apartheid. During the country’s State of Emergency, she graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in English literature. By 1994 she was one of the youngest magazine editors in South Africa, but she left career, country, and kin when she married an American and moved to the United States. For more than a decade she pursued a career in nonprofit work, focusing on the needs of women and children. Now in the Los Angeles area, she shares a home with her husband, their daughter, two cats, a dog, and a tortoise.
Jennifer Wiltsie’s many audiobook credits include reading Emily Giffin’s Something Blue, Isla Morley’s Come Sunday, Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked, and Maeve Binchy’s Quentins, which won an AudioFile earphones award.Wiltsie has appeared on the hit television show The Sopranos as well as in the films Wendigo, Wirey Spindell, Uninvited, and Minor Details. On Broadway she has performed with Matthew Broderick in Night Must Fall, and her off-Broadway credits include Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. In London’s West-End, she starred in Alan Ayckbourn’s revival of Absurd Person Singular.
“Jennifer Wiltsie’s resourceful range and vocal skills bring this debut novel to life unforgettably…She perfectly renders the dissolution of their marriage and Abbe’s return to South Africa, where she confronts painful memories and essential decisions. Wiltsie’s fascinating portrayal delivers on every level.” —AudioFile
“Jennifer Wiltsie portrays the fury and raw pain of this potentially unlikeable character so that listeners sympathize. Wiltsie’s mélange of accents, from South African to Hawaiian, add to the author’s amazing imagery as does Wiltsie’s spectacular range of expression as Abbe travels from suffering to redemption.” —The Chapel Hill Herald
Come Sunday was published on May 26, 2009.The Come Sunday Audiobook is 1888 hours and 20 minutes. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
Come Sunday includes the following subjects: Family Life / General. The BISAC Subject Code is Fiction, Literary.
The author of Come Sunday is Isla Morley.
The narrator for the Come Sunday Audiobook is Jennifer Wiltsie.