What I like about this novel is that is is different. Each chapter is a short story about a young person in the town. The chapters follow the months of the year, from February to February – 13 stories for 13 people. What I like even better, is that within each chapter, you can see how their lives are intertwined, either fleetingly or with more purpose. The book explores all the emotions – love, hate, humour, grief, hope and hopelessness. Even if you don’t enjoy every story, there’s bound to be one that you like.
This book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2008, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards the same year.