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Penguin Putnam
“Jones’s writing is fluid and memorable . . . the story proves powerful and poignant.”—The Guardian

Sorry is set in the remote outback of Western Australia during World War II, where an English anthropologist and his wife raise a lonely child, Perdita. Her upbringing is far from ordinary: in a shack in the wilderness, with a self-absorbed father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose obsession with Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl’s limited education.
Emotionally adrift, Perdita becomes friends with a deaf-mute boy, Billy, and a forsaken Aboriginal girl, Mary. Perdita and Mary come to call one another sister and to share a profound bond. The three misfit children are content with each other and their life in this distant corner of the world, until a terrible event lays waste to their lives.

Through this compelling story of Perdita’s childhood, Gail Jones explores the values of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice with a brilliance that has earned her numerous accolades.

Baker & Taylor
In the remote outback of North-west Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita, who appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until a tragic event changes her life forever.

Publisher: New York : Europa, 2008, c2007
ISBN: 9781933372556
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 19, 2017

The writing was great. I finished it because I was desperate for some kind of restitution...but it left me unsatisfied and depressed. I'm so sick of books that are about horrible things happening to undeserving people. I started skimming over the the Shakespeare early on as it seemed like a cheap affectation.

Seems every book I pick up lately is full of angst and pathos.

It's so hard to get a book that is upbeat and happy without it being stupid and lightweight.

May have to go back to the classics

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