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Author: Mary McCallum
Publisher: Rosedale, N.Z. : Penguin Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mary McCallum's debut novel 'The blue' is about a woman living in an isolated community at the ends of the earth trying to make the best of a life that has at its core a secret grief. It is a time when men nursed their own griefs from the Great War and the Depression, and didn't know that soon the world would make demands on them and their sons again. It is 1938. The place is Arapawa Island, Tory Channel, where for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: New Zealand fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary McCallum
ISBN: 9780143007234 0143007238
OCLC Number: 174093657
Notes: Novel.
Awards: Montana New Zealand Book Awards Readers' Choice Award, 2008.
Montana New Zealand Book Awards, NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction, 2008.
Description: 282 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Mary McCallum.

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Mary McCallum's debut novel 'The blue' is about a woman living in an isolated community at the ends of the earth trying to make the best of a life that has at its core a secret grief. It is a time when men nursed their own griefs from the Great War and the Depression, and didn't know that soon the world would make demands on them and their sons again. It is 1938. The place is Arapawa Island, Tory Channel, where for three months of the year, these men leave behind their farms and battle the elements to run down and kill migrating whales with small fast boats and explosive harpoons. This is not the time or place to dwell on the past, either for these men or for Lilian. However, the return of Lilian's troubled son sets in train events which force what happened 12 years before to come out into the light.

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