Jane Harper, The Dry
Context: Falk, the main character of Harper’s novel, had just come across the remains of a huge river that ran through his hometown. Due to the drought the area was suffering from, the river itself had dried up. This is a pivotal moment for Falk, who had been driven out of town twenty years earlier, has finally come face to face with the suffering of a place (and people) he used to call Home.
This sentence moved me because it really outlined the horrible suffering farming towns of Australia go through. It shows the anguish. It also illustrates the love of a hometown, even after years of absence.