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In the remote outback of north-west Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keane and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita. Her childhood is far from ordinary; a shack in the wilderness, with a distant father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose knowledge of Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl's limited education. Emotionally adrift, Perdita develops a friendship with an Aboriginal girl, Mary, with whom she will share a very special bond. She appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until Nicholas Keane is discovered murdered. Through this exquisite story of a young girl's survival against the odds, Gail Jones explores the values of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice with a skill that has already earned her numerous accolades for her previous novels Dreams of speaking and Sixty lights.
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W., Vintage Books Australia,, 2008.
ISBN: 9781741666632
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 20 cm.

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Apr 19, 2017

The writing was great. I finished it because I was desperate for some kind of restitution...but it left me unsatisfied and depressed. I'm so sick of books that are about horrible things happening to undeserving people. I started skimming over the the Shakespeare early on as it seemed like a cheap affectation.

Seems every book I pick up lately is full of angst and pathos.

It's so hard to get a book that is upbeat and happy without it being stupid and lightweight.

May have to go back to the classics

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