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The heart-wrenching but triumphant story of rebuilding a life and a family

'My body, suddenly, carries two stories of loss ... One is easy for people to recognise. My mother died of cancer. I watched her age twenty-five years in eight weeks ... My other story marks me as different. It is more silent and more savage, it is not pure and no one knows how to approach it. Somewhere I lost my husband.' When Maggie's vibrant young husband, father to a five-year-old daughter and an unborn son, dies tragically, Maggie is left widowed and due to give birth three months later to their second child. Then her beloved mother, backbone of the family, mother to three children, grandmother to two, dies suddenly of aggressive cancer. In two short years, Maggie's life has shattered. After a year, she gives up trying to juggle single motherhood and the demands of an academic career and returns with her children to the family farm in central western New South Wales to take stock and catch a breath. The farm becomes a redemptive, healing place for Maggie and her children as they battle the heat and drought that only the Australian landscape can offer. She throws herself into the horses, sheep, ducks and chickens and slowly, finally, realises she has found a new shape for herself. Written by a brilliant new talent, WHEN IT RAINS is a meditation on grief and the vagaries of the human condition, and a stunning memoir about piecing back together a life, and moving forward, one step at a time.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742752273

    December 1, 2011

    Vintage Australia

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742741062

    September 1, 2010

    RHA eBooks Adult

    240 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Queensland Literary Award
    2011
    Shortlisted
    State Premier's Award
  • The Age Book of the Year Award
    2011
    Shortlisted
    The Age Book of the Year Award (Non Fiction)

Also by Maggie MacKellar

How to Get There
Strangers In A Foreign Land
Core Of My Heart, My Country

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