Publisher: Fremantle Press
Published: July 2021
In Locust Summer we meet Rowan Brockman, a twenty-something from regional Western Australia, making a living as a journalist in Perth. Having grown up on a farm in the Wheatbelt, Rowan has always felt like a bit of an outsider in his family. He harbours no desire to return to life there until his mother calls and asks him to help with the annual harvest.
Rowan is keen to resist – that is until his mother announces the news that it will be the last harvest. Following the death of Rowan’s brother, Albert, the farm’s natural heir, and the failing health of his father, she intends to sell the farm.
On returning home to help not only with the harvest but the packing up of his family home, Rowan is offered an opportunity to reconnect with his past and his roots, perhaps for the last time.
There are moments of affection, love, and longing, alongside the harsh realities of living in such a unique yet demanding part of Australia. With a terrific sense of place, Locust Summer is a coming-of-age story unlike any other, offering deep insights into the bonds that tie us together and the importance of making peace with the people and places that make us.