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Hope Farm

Hope Farm (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Frew, Peggy

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They were inescapable, the tensions of the adult world - the fraught and febrile aura that surrounded Ishtar and those in her orbit, that whined and creaked like a wire pulled too tight.

ISBN 9781925106572
Barcode 9781925106572
Published 23 September 2015 by Scribe Publications
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ISBN-13 9781925106572
ISBN-10 1925106578
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Publication Date 23 September 2015
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Frew, Peggy
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 366g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 607867

Description of this Book

From the award-winning author of House of Sticks comes a magnificent story of love, tragedy, and forgiveness lost. 'Strange now to think how mired I was in helplessness, how beholden to Ishtar, when it would be so soon - before my fourteenth birthday - that I would come into my own, unexpected power. I would change lives forever, and take one, too.' In the winter of 1983 Silver Landes arrives from Queensland with her complex but charismatic mother Ishtar to begin a new life on Hope Farm, a hippie commune in rural Victoria. They have no past - Ishtar has buried it all. She is made of secrets; they are at the core of her being; they snag at the fragile love between her and Silver; they will be the undoing of it. Hope Farm has fallen into neglect and it's a hard place to live, but it is here, in this most unlikely of places, that Dan the gentle musician, Ian the gawky misfit, and Jindi the snot-nosed kid all manage, in their various ways, to get beyond the defences of Silver's heart. Has Silver found a home at last? Or will Ishtar, with her unknowable motives, push her daughter to a decision that will split their world apart? Charting the lives of a mother and daughter over a fifty-year span, Hope Farm is about what happens when love brings about unforseen and unimaginable acts of sacrifice, and the enduring damage that can result from holding back the truth

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016
NZ Review 'Peggy Frew is an amazing writer and Hope Farm is a great novel that captures the pleasures and difficulties of being both a parent and of being a child. The complex story of Silver and Ishtar and their fraught relationship is beautifully written, acutely observed and, best of all, completely absorbing. I could almost feel the crisp Gippsland mornings, hear the birds warbling and smell the stale dope smoke. Hope Farm is elegant, tender and very wise.';- Chris Womersley, award-winning author of Cairo and Bereft;;'[E]legiac, storied ... aligns itself with other novels in which children - out of rashness, anger or even ignorance - act out to terrible consequences. As with Briony in Ian McEwan's Atonement or Leo in L.P. Hartley's The Go-Between, these decisions are usually compounded by circumstance ... Frew does not want to pass judgment though. She understands that the sadness of childhood is to grow up in circumstances over which you have little or no control.';- Jessica Au, Sydney Morning Herald;;'Peggy Frew's novel, Hope Farm, tells an original tale, drawing into the body of Australian literary fiction, a world between the cracks. Peggy's voice is contemporary, her observations sharp and sensitive. Hope Farm describes the cycle of loss and damage when there are no boundaries to protect us.';- Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep, 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner;;'Frew's deceptively slow-burn tale of a teenage girl - adrift, bewildered, seeking solidity - moves inexorably to its climax, laying bare a certain darkness at the heart of the alternative lifestyle. But it's the tale of a survivor, too.';- Luke Davies, award-winning author of Candy;;'At this point it could be too early to call it, but I'm thinking this could end up on my top 10 books of the year list ... Beautifully written, difficult to put down, hard not to feel the ache.';- Geelong Advertiser;;'In its exploration of maternal, sexual, unrequited and platonic relationships, Hope Farm is a finely calibrated study of love, loss and belonging.';- Thuy On, Sunday Age;;'[An] assured exploration of that awkward moment between childhood and the teenage years [as well as a] devastating critique of the treatment of unwed mothers in the '70s.';- Margot Lloyd, Adelaide Advertiser;;'Frew is a gifted writer, evidenced here by finely balanced observations and atmospheric description ... Silver is poised at the beginning of adult understanding and Frew handles the challenge with deftness. Silver's insight and compassion are juxtaposed with naivety and the idealistic force of her first crushes.';- Ed Wright, Weekend Australian

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Author's Bio

Peggy Frew's debut novel, House of Sticks, won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her story 'Home Visit' won The Age short story competition in 2008. She has been published in New Australian Stories 2, Kill Your Darlings, and Meanjin. Peggy is also a member of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Melbourne band Art of Fighting.

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