by Michael Sala
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Pub Date 17 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 27 May 2019
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Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2018
Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2018
Longlisted, Miles Franklin Award, 2018
After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to the regional centre of Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly repairs the building, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together.
But Freya doesn’t want a fresh start—she just wants out—and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating hisfather, who soon forgets the promises he has made. Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured—with devastating consequences.
defy anyone to read this story and remain unmoved. The Restorer is
an incredibly powerful novel and, I believe, an important one.’—Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and The Good People
‘A beautifully written novel about growing up, starting again—and how the riptide of personal history can pull us further and further from safety, no matter how hard we fight.’—Charlotte Wood, author of The Natural Way of Things
‘A wise and timely novel that builds and breaks like a summer storm – just as beautiful, just as brutal.’—Fiona McFarlane, author of The High Places
‘Entrancing and heartbreakingly sad.’—Who Weekly
‘Powerful, poetic, extraordinary fiction; the family unit and the city crumbles around his characters, but Sala never falters.’—The Australian
‘Sala taps into the tension and fear of the times to help build the
mood…The cracks are widening long before the earth moves in this novel
of a family locked into patterns of violence.’—Australian Women’s Weekly
'A sensitively rendered novel with a fine eye for emotional and physical
detail. The questions it raises are as disturbing as they are
compelling.’ —Sydney Morning Herald