Black Cow by Magdalena Ball examines the possibility of lifestyle change through the actions of the Archer family.
Fast-paced, gorgeously-written and stunningly perceptive, Black Cow is not only a great read; it is a timely and important one.
Synopsis of Black Cow by Magdalena Ball:
Freya and James Archer live the high life in a luxury home in Sydney’s poshest suburb, with money, matching Jags, two beautiful teenage kids … and they couldn’t be more despondent.
James wakes weeping each morning, dreading the pressures of a long and gruelling work day ahead, and Freya is struggling with her foundering real estate career.
Global recession is biting in Australia, and the Archers are afraid.
In a desperate bid for happiness and security they shed the fragile trappings of success and cruise over into the slow lane to take an unmapped turn-off on a country road and live off the land in a remote old farmhouse on the peaceful southern island of Tasmania.
But is this an end to their old misery or the beginning of an even greater one?
Testimonials for Black Cow by Magdalena Ball:
‘I highly recommend this book. It presents a modern dilemma in very readable terms that will allow you to look at how one family solves their problem’…Nancy Famolari.
‘An absorbing, moving story of a family trying to stay together in a world full of consumerism, a place devoid of spirituality and deep emotional connections. This is a tale that will make you pause and ponder about the quality of your own life. Ball writes with skilful perception and attention to human emotions and motivations’…Amazon customer.
‘An intelligent, deeply reflective story of a family who reaches its deepest lows, then transcends the expected norm to reconnect with the earth and each other in a joyful, satisfying adventure’…Aaron Lazar
‘This story is both simple and complex. On the surface, it’s a family drama, with marital and parental issues many of us can relate to. When we delve deeper, we see how intricately entwined this family truly is. Ball’s writing has an eloquent beauty. She strips her characters bare and shows us the core of who they are. Their actions are flawed and honest, and the dialogue feels genuine. Black Cow is a thought-provoking story, reminding us how easily we lose sight of what’s important. In our chase to accumulate things, we often trample over our own best interest’…Darcia Helle, Top 50 Reviewer Vine Voice
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