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The Passengers - Eleanor Limprecht

Paperback Published: 21st February 2018
ISBN: 9781760631338
Number Of Pages: 344

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A luminous novel about love by an acclaimed rising star of Australian literature.

Sarah and Hannah are on a cruise from San Diego, California to Sydney, Australia. Sarah, Hannah's grandmother, is returning to the country of her birth, a place she hasn't seen since boarding the USS Mariposa in 1945. Then she, along with countless other war brides, sailed across the Pacific to join the American servicemen they'd married during World War II.

Now Hannah is the same age Sarah was when she made her first journey, and in hearing Sarah tell the story of her life, realises the immensity of what her grandmother gave up.

The Passengers is a luminous novel about love: the journeys we undertake, the sacrifices we make and the heartache we suffer for love It is about how we most long for what we have left behind. And it is about the past - how close it can still feel - even after long passages of time.

'Eleanor Limprecht gracefully navigates the crosscurrents of history and creates vibrant characters from the extraordinary true experiences of Australian war brides. Sarah and Hannah's urgent search for love and wholeness moved me in both senses: they touched my heart and I still feel I am churning across the Pacific with them. A deeply satisfying novel.' – Susan Wyndham, former literary editor, The Sydney Morning Herald 'A stunning exploration of hope and desire, fear and control, this story is full of heart and heartbreak' – Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman's Wife 'A compelling novel about the bruises inflicted by fate and by ourselves, and the blessings to be found in resilience, determination, and love.' – Debra Adelaide, author of The Household Guide to Dying

About the Author

Eleanor was born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia. Eleanor's previous novels, What Was Left and Long Bay were both published by Sleepers Publishing to critical acclaim.


Fascinating blend of historical and contemporary


I agree with everything Debra Adelaide said in her review. The period setting during World War 2 is particularly evocative and reminds me of stories my grandparents told of those times. I haven't read this author before but I'll be eagerly reaching for her other stories.



Had my attention front the first page


This book certainly warmed my heart. Could not put it down



War brides from Australia


I chose the title for my bookclub as if was a subject i knew very little about. It was a fascinating look into the lives of Australian war brides travelling to America.

Western Australia.




The Passengers is the third novel by critically acclaimed US-born author, Eleanor Limprecht. Hannah Fray is accompanying her grandmother, Sarah, on a cruise from San Diego to Sydney. Ostensibly this is to provide physical help for Sarah, elderly and thus frail, although Hannah's strength is not a given. Sixty-eight years earlier, Sarah made the journey in reverse, travelling from Sydney as a war bride on the USS Mariposa to join her new husband, ex-US Army Officer Roy Jackson, now returned to the tobacco farm in Roanoke, Virginia. As they enjoy the amenities the ship offers, Sarah candidly describes to Hannah not only her earlier trip, but also how she met and married Roy, and the family and homeland to which she has never returned. Hannah is captivated by Sarah's stories, learning much she would never have guessed. "I wonder if hearing Grandma's stories has something to do with this thrill I feel. I want to feel what she felt then. When life was simply lived, not dissected into a thousand pieces. When it was grabbed tight and squeezed because tomorrow it might not be there." But Hannah is also dealing with an ongoing problem of her own, something she has kept secret from her mother and grandmother. Although perhaps she hasn't hidden it as well as she thought: "… I sensed it. It's why I wanted you to come with me on this trip. I can see now how selfish I've been; I've probably made you worse off. But I wanted you close. I guess I hoped you'd want to talk about it, one day. I suppose it's why I wanted to tell you about Roy. About the secrets I kept." Hannah has indeed been thinking about telling: "The thing about truth, though, is that if you decide to tell it you have to tell it all. You can't hide some things and tell others. Because they're all connected, the lies, like the scaffolding of a skyscraper. I imagine myself as a building inside, my structure rotten, the lies holding me up. I'm not strong enough without them. I'd certainly tumble to the ground." Li



An enjoyable read


Made me laugh, made me cry, brought back memories and created an awareness and understanding of times/experiences of the past and difficulties today.

Raymond Terrace NSW


The Passengers

4.6 5


ISBN: 9781760631338
ISBN-10: 1760631337
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 21st February 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3