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WINNER- The ABIA Award (Newcomer of the Year) 2012WINNER- The Dobbie Literary Award 2012Shortlisted for The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012Shortlisted for The ABIA Award (Book of the Year) 2012Shortlisted for The ABIA Award (Literary Book of the Year) 2012Shortlisted for The ABA's Bookseller's Choice Award 2012Shortlisted for The Indies Award (Debut Fiction) 2012Past the Shallows is the award-winning, bestselling debut novel from Favel Parrett recently named on Oprah's Book Club 2.0 as a 'Can't Miss New Paperback' and now including bonus material from her new book, When the Night Comes.Everyone loves Harry. Everyone except his father.Three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, are growing up on the remote south coast of Tasmania. The brother' 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.'Wintonesque' - Hearald Sun'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, USA'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'I loved Past the Shallows' - Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
She lives in Australia with her partner, David, and her two dogs, Dougal and Bear. Find out more at FavelParrett.com.au.
Harry and Miles's story is bookended by the evocative passage: "Out past the shallows, past the sandybottomed bays, comes the dark water—black and cold and roaring.
Joe's old enough to live on his own in Grandad's house.
Past the Shallows is the story of three brothers, Harry, Miles, and Joe Curren, growing up in a small fishing town on Bruny Island off the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Australia.
Set in lutruwita/Tasmania's rugged South, Past the Shallows centres on the plight of a family of brothers as they try to negotiate the loss of their mother, a father turned to alcohol, and life as young workers on a dangerously derelict abalone fishing boat.
Past the Shallows is the first novel of the Australian author Favel Parrett. After a brief stay on the island of Tasmania, just south of Australia, Parrett used its uniquely bleak geography and unpredictable ocean as the setting for her novel about the relationship between two young boys and their violent and abusive father.
Past the Shallows Quotes and Analysis Out past the shallows, past the sandy-bottomed bays, comes the dark water—black and cold and roaring.