Past the Shallows

Past the Shallows

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Joe, Miles, and Harry are growing up on the remote southern coast of Tasmania--a stark, untamed landscape swathed by crystal blue waters. The rhythm of their days is dictated by the natural world, and by their father's moods. Like the ocean he battles daily to make a living as a fisherman, he is wild and volatile--a hard drinker warped by a devastating secret. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to move out, and so they attempt to stay as invisible as possible whenever their father is home. Miles tries his best to watch out for Harry, but he can't be there all the time. Often alone, Harry finds joy in the small treasures he discovers by the edge of the sea--shark eggs, cuttlefish bones, and the friendship of a mysterious neighbor. But sometimes small treasures, or a brother's love, simply are not enough" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2014
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781476754871
Branch Call Number: PARRETT
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 08, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written & the relationship between the brothers was very real & showed the depth of their caring for one another. It was also helpful to learn a little more about Tasmania. It was really hard to understand the hatred the father showed to his sons.

berylgl Jan 20, 2015

Really enjoyed this story set in southern Tassie. The ocean was also a powerful character exerting both life affirming force and malevolent indifference to the human creatures whose lives were entwined with it.

Dec 05, 2014

I enjoyed the read & learned a bit more about Tasmania & the life of fishing. The bond among brothers was deep; the abuse in a family disturbing; family secretes could have been explored more. I was at a total loss about surfing & had trouble visualizing the scenes. Slow start for me.

Nov 20, 2014

A finely crafted novel, set on Tasmania's wild, south-east coast, that explores the plight of two brothers living with a harsh, violent and bitter father who makes a risky living as an abalone fisherman. (The third and oldest brother has escaped and lives with his grandfather). Although their situation is dire, and ultimately ends in tragedy, life is made more bearable by the bonds of brotherly love and treasured moments of escape into childhood pleasures. A touching and disturbing story that shows us both the helplessness and resilience of children in difficult situations.


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