Shortlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Award and the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Winner of the Dobbie Prize.
A stunning first novel from a Melbourne author. The story of the Brown family will wrench at your heart and make you hug those you love ever tighter.
Emmett always had in mind that he was going to make a million for the family and continued to pursue his dream of 'the numbers' that would guarantee a win at the races. It only takes a few disappointments to throw Emmett back to his own abusive childhood in and out of orphanages and he is soon a broken down gambling drunk who terrorises his wife and children. When young Daniel dies - an accident borne of his terror of upsetting his father - everyone, including Emmett, blames him and he spirals further into violence and self-loathing. Bonds formed hiding in hedges at the end of the street whilst waiting for maelstroms to pass are hard to understand, and impossible to break.
Starting at Emmett's funeral and reflecting back, through the two eldest children - Louisa who becomes a journalist and Rob an arborist - the Brown family story is shared. Rob decides that none of the children should ever have children because they too will end up behaving like their father, Jessie agrees with him, but Louisa and Peter have children which bring them great joy. Each of Emmett's children has their own issues to deal with, but somehow, on his passing, each comes to discover that they loved and learnt from their father who when he was at his best, inspired them to look for beauty in life.
THE BOOK OF EMMETT is a novel about hope and love and surviving.
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"Brilliant. A story of such gently savage emotional intensity it stays with you long after you've turned the last page." --Susan Duncan, author, "Salvation Creek"
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: April 2009
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.3 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.26