After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together.
But Freya doesn’t want a fresh start—she just wants out—and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made.
Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured—with devastating consequences.
This book has been nominated for several awards:
- Longlisted, ABIA Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, 2018
- Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2018
- Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2017
A beautiful and heartbreaking novel exploring with insight and compassion the intimacy of a family locked in patterns of domestic violence.
This title is available for loan, or for free reservation, at Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang.
Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.