When Annaliese Winter walks down Curtis Holland's front path, he's ill-prepared for a 16-year-old schoolgirl who's a confounding mixture of adult and child. After years travelling the world with his band, Butterfish, he's not used to having a neighbour at all. So when Curtis receives an invitation to dinner from Annaliese's mother, Kate, he is surprised when he not only accepts but finds himself being drawn to this remarkably unremarkable family.
He's drawn even to 15-year-old Mark, who is at war with his own surging adolescence. Curtis soon realises that with Kate divorced, Annaliese and Mark need a male role model in their lives, but it's hard for him to help when he's just starting to grow up himself - and harder still when Annaliese begins to show an interest in him that is less than filial. Filled with acute observation, humour, and tenderness, Butterfish is Nick Earls at his very best.
Former rock star Curtis Holland moves to an Australian suburb to escape fame; however, he can't quite find the quiet life he seeks. Nick Earls presents a simple but absorbing storyline with no real climax. The well-depicted characters, nevertheless, carry this work. David Tredinnick's performance is pitch-perfect. His relaxed, contemplative voice suits the tone while he easily handles the complex characters and their quirks. Listeners will particularly enjoy hearing an uncommon audiobook set outside of the U.S. or the U.K.
"It is a tender, funny tale of a man finally coming to terms with adulthood that is touching without ever being saccharine." (The Daily Telegraph)
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Recommended: amusing, affectionate and real.
An enjoyable listen.