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Heart of the grass tree

Author: Molly Murn
Publisher: North Sydney NSW. : Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Pearl remembers Nell's feet stretched towards the campfires on the beach, her fourth toe curled in and nestled against the middle toe like a small prawn. They all have a curled fourth toe - Diana, Lucy, Pearl. When Pearl's grandmother Nell dies unexpectedly, Pearl and her family - mother Diana, sister Lucy - return to Kangaroo Island to mourn and farewell her. Each of them knew Nell intimately but differently, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
History
Australian fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Molly Murn
ISBN: 9780143792499 0143792490
OCLC Number: 1057410402
Description: 291 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Molly Murn.

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Pearl remembers Nell's feet stretched towards the campfires on the beach, her fourth toe curled in and nestled against the middle toe like a small prawn. They all have a curled fourth toe - Diana, Lucy, Pearl. When Pearl's grandmother Nell dies unexpectedly, Pearl and her family - mother Diana, sister Lucy - return to Kangaroo Island to mourn and farewell her. Each of them knew Nell intimately but differently, and each woman must reckon with Nell's passing in her own way. But Nell had secrets, too, and as Pearl, Diana and Lucy interrogate their feelings about the island, Pearl starts to pull together the scraps Nell left behind - her stories, poems, paintings - and unearths a connection to the island's early history, of the early European sealers and their first contact with the Ngarrindjeri people. As the three women are in grief pulled apart from each other, Pearl's deepening connection to their history, the island's history, grounds her, and will ultimately bring the women back to each other. Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.

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