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The acclaimed debut novel from the 2014 Miles Franklin Award-winning author

The acclaimed debut novel from the 2014 Miles Franklin Award-winning author

Following the breakdown of a turbulent relationship, Frank moves from Canberra to a shack on the east coast once owned by his grandparents. There, among the sugar cane and sand dunes, he struggles to rebuild his life. Forty years earlier, Leon is growing up in Sydney, turning out treacle tarts at his parents’ bakery and flirting with one of the local girls. But when he’s conscripted as a machine-gunner in Vietnam, he finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father. As these two stories weave around each other - each narrated in a voice as tender as it is fierce - we learn what binds together Frank and Leon, and what may end up keeping them apart.

Reviews

‘Just sometimes a book is so complete, so compelling and potent, that you are fearful of breaking its hold.’ -- DAILY MAIL (UK)

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781741668667

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742741222

    September 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    304 pages

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