Published in the United States on May 29 as THE UNTOLD.
“A captivating, epic novel that never loses its heart to scope, The Untold is a surreal saga set in a rugged, unforgiving landscape. Courtney Collins paints a devastating portrait of long-shot love.” Patrick deWitt author of the #1 international bestseller, The Sisters Brothers
“This extraordinary novel – propelled by the dark, rich, talents of a truly brilliant writer – dazzles, staggers and amazes.” Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat, Pray, Love.
A woman has done an unspeakable thing…
It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, amid squalls of driving rain, Jessie is on the run. Born wild and brave, by 26 she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her. She mounts her horse and points it towards the highest mountain in sight. Soon bands of men will crash through the bushland desperate to claim the reward on her head. And in their wake will be two more men, one her lover, the other the law, both uncertain if they should save her or themselves. But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her – her own child, who awaits her. The Burial, both heartbreaking and exhilarating, ultimately sings out for life and then grips onto it, with tooth and broken nail.
What readers have said…
‘Lyrical and delirious. Oozes a febrility that stays with you when it’s over.’ – Warren Ellis, musician, The Dirty Three; Grinderman
‘Your prose just slays me: utterly exquisite. No matter how many times I read this ms, I am bowled over by it every time.’ – Ali Lavau, editor, Allen & Unwin
‘The Burial is stunning. Such beautiful writing. Such a voice. It affects me physically to read this.’ – Peta Murray, playwright, Wallflowering; Salt