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Past the Shallows - Favel Parrett

Paperback Published: 22nd April 2014
ISBN: 9781476754871
Number Of Pages: 253

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“If you read only one book this year, make sure it’s this” (The Sunday Times, London): An award-winning debut novel from a rising star in Australia—a hauntingly beautiful story about the bond of brotherhood and the fragility of youth.

Joe, Miles, and Harry are growing up on the remote southern coast of Tasmania—a stark, untamed landscape swathed by crystal blue waters. The rhythm of their days is dictated by the natural world, and by their father’s moods. Like the ocean he battles daily to make a living as a fisherman, he is wild and volatile—a hard drinker warped by a devastating secret. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to move out, and so they attempt to stay as invisible as possible whenever their father is home. Miles tries his best to watch out for Harry, but he can’t be there all the time. Often alone, Harry finds joy in the small treasures he discovers by the edge of the sea—shark eggs, cuttlefish bones, and the friendship of a mysterious neighbor. But sometimes small treasures, or a brother’s love, simply are not enough…

Industry Reviews

"So real, so true--this novel sweeps you away in its tide."--Robert Drewe "author of The Shark Net " "Vibrant and intensely moving, this story about three boys in thrall to their angry father sucked me instantly into its emotional currents. Favel Parrett has created a novel as lovely, mysterious, powerful and entrancing as the capricious ocean around which her characters' lives revolve."--Christina Schwarz "#1 New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth "

ISBN: 9781476754871
ISBN-10: 147675487X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 22nd April 2014
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.22

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