On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.
Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after.
Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years.
Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he’s falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight.
Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things.
Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there’s no way out.
It’s a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.
A beautifully written and so so emotional story here from Luan Goldie- a genuinely insightful piece of storytelling that digs deep into your soul.
The residents of Nightingale Point are diverse and authentic, engaging and intriguing- the minutiae of their days, their relationships to each other and themselves, the very heart of community pops from the page – the author sets the scene with clever nuance, descriptive sense and no wasted words, embedding them into your consciousness- then throws an extraordinary and life changing event at them, exploring multiple layers of socially relevant themes in the aftermath.
I don’t think I’ve read such a truly human story in ages, an inciting event inspired by at least two very real modern tragedies which then allows you to see the harsh reality of recovery, from the perspective of the people not the rhetoric, not the headlines, not the political manoeuvring or the slanted viewpoint but the actual people.
Nightingale Point is an intelligent, gorgeous and heart wrenching novel, with characters you’ll never forget and a thought provoking undertow that will stay with you for a long time.