Alan Duff’s— Both Sides of the Moon *****
Because Jimmy’s father is a Pakeha and his mother Maori, he struggles to discover where he fits in. After his mother leaves to live with another man, Jimmy turns more to his uncle who tells his about his Maori family history. This is a heart wrenching read, but a telling narrative of a family caught between two cultures.
Franny is a cleaner at a Galway university when she sneaks into one of Professor Niall Lynch’s lectures about birds. Birds are one of her passions, along with wandering and the sea. Not long after their next encounter, they marry, but Franny can’t stop wandering, and Niall is depressed by the destruction by humans who’ve caused most animals to become extinct. Franny is on a pilgrimage to follow the last remaining birds — the Arctic terns — from the northern hemisphere to Antarctica. She meets Captain Ennis who unwillingly allows her board his ship in Greenland. But Franny has demons — she sleepwalks, and memories of a life in Ireland haunt her. Will there be any terns left if she reaches Antarctica? And can she find solace from the secrets she keeps about her criminal past?
Bruce is on an ambulance team, but his co-workers sense something is not quite right with him. Travelling back to his teens when he met the thrill seeking Sando and his wife on the West Australian coast, we learn of the devastating event that transformed Bruce’s life.
Continue reading “Tim Winton’s — Breath *****”
Tom is stationed on James Rock off the remote Western Australian coast as a lighthouse keeper. He marries Isabel and their life is content until Isabel grieves for the babies she miscarriages. When a dead man washes ashore with a baby cradled on board, Isabel comes alive, but the decision to keep the child has devastating consequences.