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From the best-selling author of Hope Farm.  

Helen and John are too preoccupied with making a mess of their marriage to notice the quiet ways in which their daughters are suffering. Junie grows up brittle and defensive, Anna difficult and rebellious. 

When 15-year-old Anna fails to come home one night, her mother's not too worried; Anna's taken off before but always returned. Helen waits three days to report her disappearance. But this time Anna doesn't come back.... 

A spellbinding novel in the tradition of Helen Garner, Charlotte Wood and Georgia Blain, Islands is a riveting and brilliant portrait of a family in crisis.  

©2019 Peggy Frew (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“Peggy Frew is an amazing writer...Elegant, tender and very wise.” (Chris Womersley, author of City of Crows

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  • J. Johns
  • 04-08-2020

Wow!

This deserved to be short-listed for the Miles Franklin award! It is stunning, powerful and thought provoking. The audio performance is stunning (although production wise it fades in and out at times), and it was such a treat to lie listening to this book in bed at night, enthralled both by the words and the narrator’s voice. Such an insight into strained family relationships and the journey from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. The Australian voice of the narrative is clear and captivating, leaving the story lingering in your thoughts and feelings. It’s not a traditional narrative and the story is told through the perspective of minor and major characters, which complement and overlap each other nicely. Just loved this and can’t wait to read the author’s other work.

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