Where the Rainbow Fell Down
By: Lynette Robinson
Length: 402 pages
Release date: Dec 21, 2013
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Set in mid-century New Zealand, Robinson takes the reader on a spellbinding journey back to post-war New Zealand and beyond. She then brings us forward as she shares her nation’s triumphs and tragedies – alongside her own personal ones.
Robinson was tormented by the four deadly fears she inherited from her mother – God, the Devil, her Father and the Catholic Church. Although a feisty child with a dazzling measure of determination, this did not save her from coercion into marriage to an older man when she was a teenager. Years of marital unhappiness follow.
The second half of the memoir tells the story of the Catholic priest Robinson fell in love with. Easily coerced into the priesthood at a young age, the expectation to put catholic dogma ahead of human needs is an ongoing struggle for Father Brian. He then meets Robinson and his love for her sets him on a collision course with the church.
Where the Rainbow Fell Down is a powerful memoir that will have you both laughing and crying. With a refreshing absence of the self-pity genre, it is a riveting and inspiring read.