Nineteen Widows Under Ash
Nineteen Widows Under Ash is the third novel by acclaimed New Zealand author Damien Wilkins.
Evelyn has left her home and her husband. She has taken her thirteen-year-old daughter two thousand miles across the USA to her childhood home. The drizzly Pacific Northwest suits Evelyn's mood perfectly. She takes small doses of liquor from a secret supply and spends her time smoking under wet trees in the company of a hen. But her home town has more on its mind than Evelyn's troubles. The volcano that sits on the horizon has suddenly become active. Scientists, tourists, thrill-seekers flood the district. Evelyn tries to ignore it. She cannot, however ignore the phone calls she starts receiving following a car accident. Who is the caller? What does he want?
'A meditation on the big issues, life and death, written with an austere elegance this is, simply, a wonderful book.' —Michele Hewitson, NZ Herald