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The Dry by Jane Harper : The next big Australian novel #book2movie

Updated: 4/9/2018 The Dry is still in development.

Aussie author Jane Harpers debut crime novel The Dry, awarded the Victorian Premier Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in May, 2015, was sold in a three-book deal at the Frankfurt book fair (no rides and cotton candy, even before the novel had a book cover!  All that book wheeling and dealing) saw the book picked up by Reese Witherspoons production company, Pacific Standard. 

Jane Harper

Witherspoons then partner, Bruna Papandrea (an Australian herself) said of the book—
“When you fall in love, the feeling is undeniable and Jane’s remarkable book possesses my two favorite things: brilliant writing and an Australian setting 
 You and me both, Bruna! So, what is the book well all soon be reading, actually about?
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. The rural community of Kiewarra is facing desperate choices daily. If one of their number broke under the strain, well, there but for the grace of God…
But as questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones.                 
The Dry is a story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice, played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.
Reese Witherspoon is usually very interested in producing works with strong female characters (Gone Girl, Wild, Big Little Lies) so while this synopsis doesn’t indicate a strong female part, I expect (hope?) there’s a strong woman buried in there somewhere! The last I heard Reese was soliciting ideas for the leading man to play 

Jane Harper is currently a business writer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne. Sounds like it might be time to give up her day job.

 The last I heard Reese was soliciting ideas for a leading man to play Falk in The Dry. Any suggestions? I'm all ears.

Do you love books set in Australia too? Check out my thoughts on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion And one of these days I’ll gather my thoughts on The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, a gorgeous novel I can’t wait to see onscreen. It’s already wrapped and stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.