It was meant to be the experience of a lifetime, for Australian twin sisters Helen and Alex Dorian, to walk the famous Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port in the French Basque country, to Santiago del Compostella in Spain. But Helen injures her leg on the very day they arrive in Saint Jean and has to stay behind in the town while Alex goes on alone.
A disappointed Helen tries to make the best of things and keep up with Alex via phone calls and blog posts, but it’s not easy. But an unexpected meeting with Tony Garcia, an old schoolmate who is in Saint Jean to explore his Basque ancestral roots, begins to change things for Helen, as she and Tony investigate the mysteries surrounding his family’s past.
And then Alex goes missing…
A lively, thoughtful short novel by award-winning writer Sophie Masson, A Hundred Words for Butterfly explores family relationships and the past’s effect on the present, with a light touch and a vivid sense of place. Narrated by Sarah Kennedy.
‘Sophie Masson’s A Hundred Words For Butterfly is a beautiful, captivating tale about Australian sisters, Helen and Alex Dorian. The twins’ story begins after they arrive in France to retrace the footsteps of the Christian pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago. Masson’s evocative descriptions of the food and culture within the picturesque Basque region transports readers to another time and place. But family relationships (both past and present), are at the heart of this compelling narrative. Like a flavoursome, aromatic Basque soup, this immersive tale leaves you wanting more. In part, this is due to the dialogue. It sounds authentic – as though you were eavesdropping on a friend’s conversation. And it is brought to life by Sarah Kennedy’s exquisite narration. But the real charm of Masson’s story are her engaging, relatable characters. They seem so real that they feel like old friends halfway through the narrative. We care about what happens to them and must journey with them to the very end.’ Claudia Barnett
About The Author
Born in Indonesia of French parents, Sophie Masson came to Australia at the age of 5. A bilingual French and English speaker, Sophie has had more than 70 novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children. Her books have been recognised by many literary awards, including the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, the Aurealis Awards and the Davitt Awards. In 2019, Sophie was awarded an AM in the Order of Australia for her significant service to literature. She has served on the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and has also served as the Chair of the Board of Management of the Australian Society of Authors. She is the President of the New England and North-West sub branch of the Children’s Book Council of NSW, and is the current Chair of the New England Writers’ Centre and Vice-President of the Small Press Network.
Acknowledgement: The writing of this novel was supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
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