Last Day in the Dynamite Factory
'Silence, Chris discovered, is easy. If nobody asks, you never have to tell.' Christopher Bright is a well-respected conservation architect, good neighbour and friend. He has a devoted wife, two talented children and an old Rover. He plays tennis on Saturdays and enjoys a beer with his business partner after work. Life is orderly, yet an unresolved question has haunted him for as long as he can remember: Who was his birth father? Devotion to his adoptive parents has always prevented Chris from enquiring too deeply, but when his mother dies, information emerges that becomes the catalyst for changes he has never imagined. As light is cast on his father, attention turns to his birth mother, but when he goes in search of the person behind the photo, he encounters a conspiracy of silence. His quest for information, however, reveals not only the truth about his mother's life but exposes the fault lines in his own, and Chris finds the price of knowledge increasingly heavy. Nevertheless, the truth must be told ...Or must it?
Annah Faulkner's debut novel, The Beloved, won the Kibble Literary Award, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for an Emerging Queensland Author, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Award. Annah and her husband live on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and spend extended time in Tasmania. Last Day in the Dynamite Factory is her second novel.