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Floundering : Shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award - Romy Ash

Floundering

Shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award

By: Romy Ash

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Published: 7th May 2013
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Shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Book Description

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared.

Now Loretta’s returned, and she wants her boys back.

Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her beat-up car. The family of three journeys across the country, squabbling, bonding, searching and reconnecting.

But Loretta isn’t mother material. She’s broke, unreliable, lost. And there’s something else that’s not quite right with this reunion.

They reach the west coast and take refuge in a beachside caravan park. Their neighbour, a surly old man, warns the kids tostay away. But when Loretta disappears again the boys have no choice but to askthe old man for help, and now they face new threats and new fears.

This beautifully written and gripping debut is as moving as it is frightening, and as heartbreaking as it is tender.

About the Author

Romy Ash is a Melbourne-based writer. She has written for GriffithREVIEW, the Big Issue and frankie magazine. She has a regular cooking column in Yen magazine and writes for the blog Trotski & Ash. The forthcoming Voracious: New Australian Food Writing features one of her essays.

Floundering is her first novel.



Come on. We'll dive under the next one, alright, she says to me. When she grabs my hand hers is wet. She pulls me in. It's deeper for me. A wave comes, and she jumps over it.

The next one, she says laughing. The next one comes. No, the next one. This one for sure, okay? Ready? She holds my hand tight and we dive under together. In the cold I can still feel the warmth of her hand in mine. I keep my eyes closed tight. There is a safe place where the wave isn't even touching us. It's silent and the moment seems to last forever.

ISBN: 9781921922084
ISBN-10: 1921922087
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 7th May 2013
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 21.0