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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.
loved this, and I hope the sequel is out soon, we need to know if Australia did give them sanctuary. thanks Judy