AOT #123: Kate Veitch Podcasts Without a Backward Glance
Australian journalist Kate Veitch reads from and discusses her debut novel Without a Backward Glance, a deeply felt novel of family, choices, and coming to terms with the past. On a stifling Christmas Eve in 1967 the lives of the McDonald children–Deborah, Robert, James, and Meredith–changed forever. Their mother, Rosemarie, told them she was running out to buy some lights for the tree and she never came back. The children were left with their father, and a gnawing question: why had their mother abandoned them? Veitch’s family portrait reveals the joys and sorrows, the complexity and ambiguity of family life, and poignantly probes what it means to love and what it means to leave.