A Novel Synopsis

Drumroll. Here it is folks – the draft synopsis of my novel-in-progress. I’ve been very busy with it lately; hence the lack of posts. I’ll try to drag myself away from Maurice and the Angels long enough to write more regular posts. x

Heaven and the Librarian

This is the story of a father and a daughter. Of a father who was a failure at everything until he died, and of a daughter who loved him but didn’t know it until she followed him. It is a story of revolution, fuelled by fear and courage. And it is a story about stories. Untold stories of little lives ripe with love and longing…and stories that were finally and triumphantly finished.

When disillusioned, cynical small-town librarian Maurice is killed in a car crash, he finds himself in a very unexpected Heaven. The Citizens all dress in yellow, group games and compulsory singalongs are held in the Hallelujah Hall and lip-glossed muscle men rule with menace. Befriended by 20-yr-old Kit, Maurice quickly realises that things are not as they should be. Who are the men in white? Why do the Citizens seem terrified? Why has Kit singled him out? And most importantly – where the hell is God?

During a midnight reconnoitre, Kit and Maurice break in to the one place Maurice had hoped he had left behind for good – the library. But Heaven’s Library of Unfinished Business is both more sinister and more significant than any library on earth, the volumes within it possessing the power to seal the eternal fate of every Citizen of Heaven.

Meanwhile, Maurice’s teenage daughter Andy, a law student with a secret ambition to be a writer, tries to come to terms with the death of her father, a man she always considered an ineffectual and distant good-for-nothing. Her mother Robyn, just back from an “Eat Eat Eat” self-discovery trip to a Brisbane ashram, seems more interested in her vol-au-vents and new love interest than in her ex-husband’s death and her daughter’s complicated grief.

Tasked with writing the eulogy, Andy embarks on a journey of discovery with the help of her feisty and supportive Aunt Fleur. She starts writing letters to her father, trying to make sense of her own history and that of her parents, searching for the right words with which she might farewell a man she barely knew. As she starts to uncover secrets and lies that challenge everything she believed about her family, mother and daughter stumble towards an inevitable and ugly confrontation.

Meanwhile, as the truth of God’s whereabouts finally emerges and a horrified Kit and Maurice discover the significance of the Library of Unfinished Business, Maurice finds himself the unwitting leader of a Heavenly revolution, realising that for the first time, he must stand up and fight for something he believes in.

But it is not until a potentially tragic turn of events on the day of Maurice’s funeral brings father and daughter together in the most unlikely of places that they both make the most important realisation of all.

Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
-Dylan Thomas

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2 Comments on “A Novel Synopsis”

  1. Meade Family March 25, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Cor! Hurry up and finish it. It sounds fwightfully engaging 😉 xxxx

  2. belllettres March 26, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Thanks. It’s getting there slowly. It’s like peeling an onion: as I write, I discover layer after layer of new meaning and am beckoned by potential new directions in which I could take my plot. What’s the bet it ends up as a murder mystery set in Blenheim or something by the time I finish…

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