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Deeper Water - Jessie Cole

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A profound and sensuous novel of grace and beauty from a stunning young Australian talent. Innocent and unworldly, Mema is still living at home with her mother on a remote, lush hinterland property. It is a small, confined, simple sort of life, and Mema is content with it. One day, during a heavy downpour, Mema saves a stranger from a raging creek. She takes him into her family home, where, marooned by rising floods, he has to stay until the waters recede.

His sudden presence is unsettling - for Mema, her mother and her wild friend Anja - but slowly he opens the door to a new world of beckoning possibilities that threaten to sweep Mema into the deep.

'She takes us to a place of the strangest innocence and lovingness ...And she takes us to a physical place that's quite her own, and when you go to her country - the lush but uneasy country inland from Byron Bay - you recognise at once that she's the voice of it, the country speaks in her voice, though the captivating wise gentleness of that voice belongs only to Jessie.' Peter Bishop

Read Caroline Baum's Review

This is one of those novels that gripped me within a few pages, with its wonderfully visual, filmic opening in which a car gets caught in a flood in the bush. The driver is rescued by a young girl from a local farm, who is out helping a cow give birth in the rain. . Once the calf has appeared, she takes the soaked and shocked stranger home. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

About the Author

Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in Northern NSW, and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. In 2009 she was awarded a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development, leading to the publication of her first novel Darkness on the Edge of Town, which has been shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. Her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, Big Issue, Daily Life and the Guardian.

'She takes us to a place of the strangest innocence and lovingness...And she takes us to a physical place that's quite her own, and when you go to her country - the lush but uneasy country inland from Byron Bay - you recognise at once that she's the voice of it, the country speaks in her voice, though the captivating wise gentleness of that voice belongs only to Jessie.' - Peter Bishop

ISBN: 9780732298586
ISBN-10: 073229858X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st August 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.48