Songs from the violet cafe is and interesting story which follows violets life from 1943 and jessies life from 1963 at the beginning of the book i was somewhat confused the first chapter is about a party at the lakeside they found an old boat and decide to burn it as an offering including some small things from themselves. Songs from the violet caf fiona kidman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the experience of working for violet trench in her small town cafe in the summer of 1963 shapes the lives of a group of women including jessie sandal. Songs from the violet cafe is a fine book beautifully written from the uneasy earth of rotorua to the immense bright terrifying landscape of cambodia the novels settings are vivid and adroit it contains much potential sensation domestic violence illicit sexual connections deaths and disappearances and the desolation and venality . Songs from the violet caf i am delighted to have discovered fiona kidmans writing through songs from the violet cafe as i absolutely loved every page of this book it primarily portrays a community which feels very much of its time 1963 and with a strong sense of new zealand too kidman vividly describes town and rural landscapes . songs from the violet caf violet trench crosses lake rotorua with a small boy wing lee but rows back alone twenty years later the same body of water is the scene of an event that will have lasting repercussions for violet and her employees at the cafe she runs now on the lake shore the lives of these young people will diverge their
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