An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking
Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie's father, leaves her in the big ladies' underwear department of a local store and never returns.
Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.
Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife's skin. Now that she's gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl's been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he's on the lam.
Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie's mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.
Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life.
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"Three exceptional narrators take turns delivering the chapters of this quirky audiobook about death. Helen Walsh is perfect as feisty 7-year-old Millie Bird, who calls herself ÒCaptain FuneralÓ after her father dies and her mother abandons her. Millie seeks the help of her widowed shut-in neighbor, Agatha Panther, who is portrayed by Nicolette McKenzie with a husky voice that is perfect for barking insults out the window as she sits in her Òchair of discontent.Ó Millie is also assisted by ÒKarl the touch typist,Ó an elderly widower vividly portrayed by Nigel Carrington. As the three unlikely partners travel across Australia in a madcap adventure looking for MillieÕs mother, the outstanding narrators take listeners on a roller-coaster ride of laughter, sadness, and contemplation. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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