Hauntingly beautiful and told with an elegant simplicity, this is the story of two brothers growing up in a fractured family on the wild Tasmanian coast. The consequences of their parents’ choices shape their lives and ultimately bring tragedy to them all.
Everyone loves Harry. Everyone except his father. Three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, are growing up on the remote south coast of Tasmania. The brothers’ lives are shaped by their father’s moods – like the ocean he fishes, his is wild and unpredictable. He is a bitter man, warped by a devastating secret. Miles tries his best to watch out for Harry, the youngest, but he can’t be there all the time. Often alone, Harry finds joy in the small treasure he discovers, in the shark eggs and cuttlefish bones. In a kelpie pup, a big mug of Milo, and a secret friendship with a mysterious neighbour. But sometimes small treasures, or a brother’s love, are not enough.
Winner, Newcomer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), 2012 Winner, Dobbie Literary Award, 2012
‘that rare thing, a finely crafted literary novel that is genuinely moving and full of heart’ The Age
‘an understated and beautifully penned story set on the Tasmanian coast, gives voice to two brothers as their lives are influenced by unpredictable forces….Parrett’s writing is exquisite in its simplicity and eloquence, and her narrative is heart-rending.This poignant story resonates.’ Kirkus Reviews
Beautiful, stripped-back prose…there is magic here. Like Cormac McCarthy, Parrett packs a huge emotional punch thanks to the elegant brevity of her style. Stark, but unforgettable…’ Marie Claire, UK
‘If you read only one book this year make sure it’s this.’ The Sunday Times, Tasmania
‘Wintonesque’ Herald Sun