“Twelve-year-old Gwenni can fly in her sleep, and, from this unusual perspective, she sees many things that others overlook. When her neighbor in a small Welsh village disappears, Gwenni begins an investigation to find him. Along the way, she uncovers her own family's secrets, but she never wavers from her determination to discover the truth. Gwenni is an unforgettable character and seeing life through her eyes is the true magic in this novel.”
— Erica Caldwell, Present Tense, Batavia, NY
The Earth Hums in B Flat is a story of dark family secrets unraveled by the shrewd insight of twelve-year-old Gwenni Morgan, a child with an irrepressible spirit living in a Welsh village that is reluctantly entering the modern age. From the small bed that she shares with her sister at night she flies up into the starry sky above her village and looks down on the lives of its inhabitants. And when the family that she babysits for is rocked by the sudden, unexplainable disappearance of their patriarch, Gwenni is determined to solve the mystery of Ifan Evan's whereabouts. Turning amateur detective, she is unaware that the trail will lead her closer to home than she ever imagined. Told with a breathtaking, irresistible blend of freshness and wisdom, the voice that sixty-two-year-old Welsh debut novelist Mari Strachan has created with Gwenni is vibrant, charming, and full of heart. An unforgettable character, Gwenni's unique way of seeing the world lends her the ability to make the ordinary extraordinary. A magical novel about the trials of youth, familial duty, and understanding, The Earth Hums in B Flat will transport you to another time and place.