A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped Annie’s world apart – killing her grandmother, traumatising her young daughter and leaving her mother’s home in the mountains half destroyed. Annie fled back to the city, but the mountain continues to haunt her. Now, drawn by a call for help from her uncle, she’s going back to the place she loves most in the world, to try to heal herself, her marriage, her daughter and her mother.
A heart-wrenching, tender and lovely novel about loss, grief and regeneration, Ache is not only a story of how we can be broken, but how we can put ourselves back together.
Reviews of Ache
“Eliza Henry-Jones writes with a perception that is missing in much fiction. Characters are brought to life with carefully chosen words, and it is a spectacular read at every level despite the reader feeling uncomfortable, sad and moved. In a country where fires are part of the landscape, Ache is a book that should find its place on every reading list. And given the fact that this is just her second novel and she is less than 30 years old, Eliza Henry-Jones is an author to keep an eye out for if this work is anything to go by.” – THE WEEKLY TIMES
“Her prose is clever and rich, full of descriptive motifs and wry observations… Eliza Henry-Jones’s gift for close observation and emotional nuance is undeniable.” – THE SATURDAY PAPER
“This novel is moving without being sentimental; Henry-Jones has trained as a grief and trauma counsellor, and her characters ring impressively true in their actions and reactions.” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Henry-Jones divines unconventional familial relationships with a wand of love. Elementally moving.” – AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY
“Ache is the perfect account of a woman on the edge, moving towards peace. It is an extraordinary creation from a young novelist.” – BOOKS+PUBLISHING
“Although Ache is very much a story of loss and grief, it’s by no means a sad story. Rather, it is one of hope for the future. It is beautiful and gently flowing, written with a maturity hard to believe of such a young author.” – READINGS
“Henry-Jones portrays the complexity of relationships with skill… and the way closeness sometimes skips a generation in a family is beautifully rendered.”- THE AUSTRALIAN
“This haunting yet ultimately hopeful tale of one family’s attempt to rise from the ashes of tragedy will resonate with anyone familiar with the destructive power of fire and all who are inspired by the spirit of those able to regenerate after desolation.” – GOOD READING MAGAZINE
“The attention to detail of place is the strength of this novel. The portrayal of family dynamics, capturing the good and bad that can be passed between generations, is another impressive feature.” – THE SUNDAY TIMES (WA)
“Henry-Jones has qualifications in psychology and grief counselling and some of the most interesting aspects of her novel are the vignettes of minor characters coping in unexpected ways with the effects of life-derailing loss.” – THE ADVERTISER