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Our Homesick Songs

Narrated by: Nicole Power
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper.  

There was nothing to do but tell stories. Tell this story. And then? Asked Cora. And then everything, said Finn.  

Newfoundland, Canada, 1992. When all the fish vanish from the waters, and the cod industry abruptly collapses, it's not long before the people begin to disappear from the town of Big Running as well. As residents are forced to leave the island in search of work, 10-year-old Finn Connor suddenly finds himself living in a ghost town. There's no school, no friends, and whole rows of houses stand abandoned. And then Finn's parents announce that they, too, must separate if their family is to survive.  

But Finn still has his sister, Cora, with whom he counts the dwindling boats on the coast at night, and Mrs Callaghan, who teaches him the strange and ancient melodies of their native Ireland. That is until his sister disappears, and Finn must find a way of calling home the family and the life he has lost.   

©2018 Emma Hooper (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"A Wes Anderson-esque tale to fall for." (Stylist)

"Warm-hearted and winsomely imaginative." (Sunday Times)

"A novel in love with music, magic and the idealism of childhood." (The Times)

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Loneliness and folk fantasy.

Beautifully woven tale of dying tradition and resurrection through a child's optimism. The story moves through the decline of the Newfoundland fishing industry and one young boy's fight to keep family and community together.