23 July - Sally Piper
23 July - Sally Piper
Join us at Riverbend on Monday 23 July at 6.30pm to hear local author Sally Piper speak to us about her new novel, The Geography of Friendship.
Sally Piper’s first book Grace’s Table was a bestseller and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Her latest offering is an intelligent and compelling read that will resonate with readers in Australia and beyond.
When three young women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they navigate challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone and the freedom they feel quickly turns to fear. Only when it is too late for them to turn back do they fully appreciate the danger they are in. Their friendship is tested and each makes an irrevocable choice, the legacy of which haunts them for years to come. Two decades later, Samantha, Lisa and Nicole are estranged but decide to revisit their original hike in an attempt to salvage what they lost. As geography and history collide, they are forced to come to terms with the differences that have grown between them and the true value of friendship.
Sally Piper drew inspiration for her second novel from her love of bushwalking as well as her interest in how women are conditioned to be cautious, to avoid trouble and to limit themselves due to real or perceived threats.
‘The Geography of Friendship is an ode to walking and nature as well as a template for how memory and place intersect. But it is also a memorandum of the power of female friendship and the importance of unity,’ says Piper. ‘In a world where women are taught to be afraid, it’s empowering to realise the strength we hold together. Lisa’s a fighter, Samantha’s a peacekeeper and Nicole’s a rule-follower – there’s a piece of each of them in all of us, and it’s my hope that readers will connect with these characters, and with themselves, and challenge our ingrained beliefs about vulnerability and culpability.’ A novel that unravels gently yet crackles with intensity, The Geography of Friendship is a story to savour