A dramatic coming-of-age novel about a boy's divided loyalty: can Elwyn resist the pull of tradition as well as the allure of the new to forge his own path?
Stuck in the traditional community of Badfish Creek, Elwyn longs for change. When his uncle offers him the chance to leave his rural roots behind, he jumps at the opportunity, eager to move to Liberty to gain an education and become part of a flourishing world. Finally, life seems to be opening up to him.
But it is not long before he understands that all that glitters is not gold: there are things going on in Liberty that Elwyn cannot ignore. Things that profoundly threaten the world he has rejected and things that he has to fight against.
The Collective is a richly realised debut novel about tradition, change, the meaning of home and the struggle to be true to yourself.
Lindsey Whitlock is a Midwestern writer preoccupied by places, people and how to live well. She writes from Madison Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and three children. The Collective is her debut novel.
Children’s & educational
Children's, Teenage & educational