From the bestselling author of Burial Rites Prussia, 1836 Hanne Nussbaum is a child of nature - she would rather run wild in the forest than conform to the limitations of womanhood. In her village of Kay, Hanne is friendless and considered an oddity . . . until she meets Thea. Ocean, 1838 The Nussbaums are Old Lutherans, bound by God's law and at odds with their King's order for reform. Forced to flee religious persecution, the families of Kay board a crowded, disease-riddled ship bound for the new colony of South Australia. In the face of brutal hardship, the beauty of whale song enters Hanne's heart, along with the miracle of her love for Thea. Theirs is a bond that nothing can break. The whale passed. The music faded.
Praise for Devotion 'Utterly original. A glorious, heartbreaking love story of infinite beauty' - Heather Rose 'I fell in love with language again reading it. Devotion is impossibly good' - Evie Wyld 'A mighty impassioned cry to love and the land' - Sarah Winman 'A story of love as a radical act, a celebration of place and persistence' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave 'Searing, lyrical' - The Saturday Paper