Islands by Peggy Frew


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A wife leaves her husband when their marriage breaks down. The husband is riddled with shame. So is one daughter. Another daughter becomes confused, unruly and deeply sad, and one day disappears. The novel jumps from character to character until an impressive portrait of the family is drawn that reveals the insidiousness of trauma. This book sneaks up on you (a result of the dreamy and delicate prose) but packs a punch. Peggy Frew can really get inside a family to find its poison but does so with enormous compassion and nuance. Australian literary fiction at its finest.

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