The elastic house
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On a hot February afternoon, on an almost deserted beach on the southeast coast of Australia, a baby girl is born. Witnesses to her birth are the large, extended family that surrounds her: sisters and brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and her father, as well as a vacant block of land that hums. It is 1961 and Rose has entered the world in a hurry. This place, the sea, the bush and the quarter acre block up on the hill are special to her. For here, in the soon-to-be-built Elastic House, the memories of her coming life, along with those of her family’s shall be kept. Rose has been born with a gift of hearing the details of her surroundings, the whispers of others. She listens to their pain and joy, and becomes a keeper of stories. Together with the Elastic House she stores these memories until it is time they are forgotten.
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