- Published: Fremantle Press
- Date: November 2021
- ISBN: 9781760990640
- Formats: Print
Skimming Stones is about a paediatric oncology nurse, Grace,
who, when faced with a dramatic hospital emergency recalls again
memories of her sister’s long-ago leukaemia diagnosis. Searching
now to make sense of a personal dilemma, her career choices and
a recent but imperfect decision to reconnect with an old love,
who also once witnessed his sibling’s cancer, Grace embarks on a
journey that returns to her past and to the lakeside landscapes of
her childhood home.
As she remembers her sister’s illness and her own associated
feelings of displacement and abandonment, Grace slowly begins
to form a new appreciation for the lasting effects of being a sibling
on the sidelines.
Will Grace ever really come to comprehend the interactions, guilts
and empathies between healthy and sick siblings over time? Will
she keep ignoring her past and continue to allow it to replicate
in her life, her relationships and other choices, or will she finally
recognise the full complexities—irresolute, belated and folded—of
what she and her sister went through?
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