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I always enjoy Judy's books. The topics, the research, the stories. This one is no exception. She introduces the characters so well that you don't have to scratch your head as to who's who. You really feel as though you know these people. This book makes you think about the refugee problem and gets you involved. Thanks Judy.. NEXT PLEASE!!
Like 'Maralinga'. On and on and on...nothin happening. Pick up the pace, I am losing interest. A big change from her earlier works. The unnecessary dialog is mind numbing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story set in my home state and in areas I visited many years ago, although the narrator's incorrect pronunciation of Western Australian place names irritated me greatly, especially as the pronunciation of the fictional island by locals versus outsiders is a point made strongly in the book! I wish narrators would research local pronunciations. Sigh. Apart from that, however, I found the narration to be excellent.
With asylum seekers such a huge topic of interest and importance in Australia and the world, Judy Nunn has brought us a tale told from all sides, helping us understand the different and ever-changing experiences and thoughts that those newly arriving on our shores have, and also those of us who have been here longer and our often widely differing views.
A group totally absent from this story is Aboriginal people, which is a glaring hole given the geographic area and topic. However, the main tussle on immigration seems to be between new and newer Australians, so this was likely a deliberate decision by the author for that reason and to keep the novel to a reasonable length.