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'But still, the mountains come'

Written by Emma Lewis for Petchary's Blog on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The novel has elements that young (and older) adults will enjoy; a hint of romantic attraction at a waterfall, for example. There are touches of horror, too, which teenage readers do love. This is not, generally, a sweet and pretty world. Who will survive? What of sex, love, family? These are thoughts and conversations Sorrel, as a fourteen-year-old, must inevitably have.

The word “resilience” is popular nowadays, as the unmistakable evidence of climate change weighs on us. There are the California wildfires. There are the unprecedented floods in Indonesia and Nigeria, in Assam and Sudan. There are no less than five named storms in the Atlantic basin with friendly names: Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy and Vicky.

“Daylight Come” is a gripping story of survival. That rather over-used word “resilience” means not only struggling, adapting, defending. It also means overcoming. It also means strength. It also means hope. As Sorrel looks down on the ravaged coastline from the hills, she observes, “But still, the mountains stood.”

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