Veronica Bowe-Murphy Releases ON A WHIM
The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world's most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 400,000 square kilometres. And yet, the Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia - home to a massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore. But what is it about this harsh, isolated place that unites the lives of three women?
A deeply moving fictional novel written by author Veronica Bowe-Murphy, "On a Whim" tells the story of three different women whose lives have been shaped and strengthened by their experience living in the Western Australian Pilbara region. The first story follows the lives of the female descendents of Narla, a young indigenous girl born in central Western Australia at a time when European settlement was beginning to impact on the country. The second story follows closely a short period in the life of Nat and why she has, 'On a Whim' made Whim Creek her new home to escape from a tumultuous past. It also explores the reasons behind her estrangement with her daughter Alex.
Narrated on two levels of alternate chapters, this poignant tale gives readers a real insight into the history and geography of a remote and largely unexplored part of the world and its people. On the other hand, it also shows how sexual abuse creates severe trauma and affects family relations for a woman who tries to escape from her past. Through Nat's life experiences, readers can empathize with her growing self-awareness, her understanding and acceptance of her situation, her learning to forgive her own parents and grandparents, as well as the need to try and end the pain of her past by facing and accepting the present, rather than passing it on to her estranged daughter.