The Hum of the Sun by Kirsten Miller
17 Apr 2018
After burying their sister and mother, two brothers embark on a journey to the city in search of their only remaining family. On the brink of manhood, Ash must protect eight-year-old Zuko, who does not speak, his words stuck somewhere between his thoughts and his mouth. But Zuko, enchanted by nature and the rhythms of walking, seems more interested in the patterns he sees in the clouds, the stones, and the arc of the light, than in when their journey will end. When Ash finally realises who he is – and who he is not – he must make his first authentic choice as an independent being. But can he offer his brother the same freedom, the same choices, in the face of those who have already mapped out Zuko’s future?
About the author:
Kirsten Miller is the author of three novels: All is Fish (Jacana 2007), which was shortlisted for the Jacana/EU Literary Award, Sister Moon (Umuzi 2014), and The Hum of the Sun (Kwela 2018), which won the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation’s Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Her non-fiction book, Children on the Bridge (Jacana 2006), about her early experiences working in the field of autism, was long-listed for the Alan Paton/Sunday Times Award. She lives in Durban.