Painting Rachel (literary ‘meta’ fiction)
A tale about the power of family stories in a young woman’s search for identity— as a daughter, as an artist, as a woman.
1934: In a sleepy suburb in Sydney’s west, a young and gifted pianist disappears. Her family know what happened; they simply won’t talk about it.
Two generations later, budding art school student Elle is sure that if she digs hard enough, she will uncover the truth about her great aunt’s story, and how it drove her own mother’s unconventional choices.
As Elle’s own life takes an unexpected turn, she pursues the facts with a restless urgency … and starts to wonder if she should have left the story alone.