FROM THE MULTI-AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BURIAL RITES
Growing up in the village of Kay in Prussia, 1836, Hanne Nussbaum would rather run wild in the forest than
conform to the limitations of womanhood. Hanne is friendless and misunderstood ... until she meets Thea.
When Hanne and her family are forced to flee religious persecution, they board a crowded, disease-riddled ship
bound for the colony of South Australia. In the face of brutal hardship, the beauty of whale song enters Hanne's heart, along with the miracle of her love for Thea. Theirs is a bond that nothing can break.
The whale passed. The music faded.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS FICTION 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA LITERARY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARDS FICTION 2022
LONGLISTED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK DESIGN AWARDS 2022 BEST DESIGNED LITERARY FICTION COVER
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 VOSS LITERARY PRIZE
Praise for Devotion
'Devotion is utterly original. A glorious, heartbreaking love story of infinite beauty.' - Heather Rose
'Hannah Kent's latest novel is stunning - full of magic and adventure. I fell in love with language again reading it. So beautiful and so raw. Devotion is impossibly good.' - Evie Wyld
'Such a glorious love story. And the poetry of the landscape had, for me, a Whitmanesque sensibility. A mighty impassioned cry to love and the land.' - Sarah Winman
'Devotion is rare and exquisite, both beautiful and muscular in its portrayal of love found and denied. It's a story of love as a radical act, and a celebration of place and persistence. As we've come to expect from Kent, this is masterful storytelling with pull-no-punches stakes. It's taken root in my heart.' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
'I absolutely love this book. Hannah Kent writes some of the most transcendently beautiful prose I've ever read.' - Magda Szubanski
'Devotion is a rich, often surprising novel, written with the sort of prosody poets like me are always seeking.' - The Conversation
The way Hannah Kent writes about the Australian landscape in this novel is exquisite. The relationship between the two protagonists begins gently and grows into a passionate, all encompassing love, mirrored by the tempest of the ocean during their trans-oceanic voyage. The ghostly magical realism of Hanne’s haunting is heartbreaking as she wanders the Australian bush, shadowing Thea as her life unfolds.
Apart from the fact that BOTH lesbian leads get killed off, this was quite unique and unpredictable! Ingeniously strung together, and poetically written too
I have been a great fan of Hannah Kent. 1st novel Burial Rites was superb, 2nd The Good People a little less so. This latest novel Devotion I just felt was much less believable. Her use of language is wonderful. The depth of research likewise. But still I felt an uneasiness and a suspension of belief. I rushed to finish the book, instead of relishing it to the very end.