What we love about it: The Hope Fault is a novel about a modern family – all the exes and steps and fairy godmothers, the in-laws and outlaws who don’t fit at all in the family tree, but who make us what we are. In a rambling old house in Geologue Bay, Iris gathers with members of this rabble clan to pack up the family home. This novel is concentrated over the three days of a long weekend, but it also stretches across the entire lifetime of Rosa, the family matriarch, who has kept from her loved ones her deepest secrets – about two men and two earthquakes. The Hope Fault is an uplifting novel full of mysteries and surprises, and it’s a perfect book club read.
Novelist Anna Smaill said, ‘The Hope Fault brilliantly captures both the prickly detail and the slow geological shifts of family life. An intricate, intimate novel – and utterly humane.’ And Myfanwy Jones said she ‘wanted to stay wrapped in that house by the sea with that flawed family making magic and meaning from the vagaries of the weather, the landscape, and their own hearts.’
Farr is a former research scientist who grew up in Perth but now lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Tracy is a widely anthologised short story writer whose debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was longlisted for the Miles Franklin and shortlisted for a Barbara Jefferis Award and a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies and literary journals (including Westerly, Indigo and Sport). She has been awarded writing residencies and fellowships in Australia and New Zealand, including the inaugural Mildura Writers Festival Residency and a Varuna Second Book Fellowship in 2015. The Hope Fault is her second novel.