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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Islands
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'One family: Helen and John and their daughters Junie and Anna. Helen falls out of love with John, leaves, finds someone else, then a series of others, not paying enough attention to her daughters along the way. John is consumed by jealousy and hopelessness and in his self‐absorption also fails to notice signals from the girls. Junie grows up brittle and defensive, Anna difficult and rebellious.

'One tragedy: When 15‐year‐old Anna fails to come home one night, her mother's unconcerned, as she's done it before and always returned, so it takes three days for her to report it. But this time she doesn't come back... Anna has disappeared and the remaining family members spend the rest of their lives trying to make up for her devastating loss. Each of them must find their own way to cope. (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Mick, for Claudia, and for Rowan

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2019 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • Published March 2019

      ISBN: 9781760528744
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2021 .
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      Extent: 320p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published June 2021.
      ISBN: 9781760878047

Other Formats

  • Dyslexic edition.
  • Sound recording.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 Shortlist Reading Guide Kate Evans , Sarah L'Estrange , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , July 2020;

'Stories of trauma — personal, communal and national — dominate the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize, in its 63rd year.'

What I’m Reading Bec Kavanagh , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2019;
Glimmer of Hope in the Realm of Forgone Opportunities Bec Kavanagh , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9 March 2019; (p. 20)

— Review of Islands Peggy Frew , 2019 single work novel

'The body becomes an island in Peggy Frew’s third novel, one submerged beneath the weight of grief and unhappiness.'  (Introduction)

[Review] Islands Helen Elliott , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , April no. 154 2019; (p. 72)

— Review of Islands Peggy Frew , 2019 single work novel
Bete Noire Bronwyn Lea , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 410 2019; (p. 38)

'According to the AFP, two Australians under the age of eighteen are reported missing every hour. Most are found alive, fairly quickly, but an unlucky few will progress to the category of long-term missing persons. From the Beaumont children of the 1960s to the more recent disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell, vanishing children have long troubled the Australian imagination. But the nightmare for their families is not one from which they can easily unsubscribe. Denied confirmation of life or death, families are suspended in an immiscible admixture of grief and hope. Peggy Frew’s third novel, Islands, brings a sympathetic eye to this painful subject.'  (Introduction)

[Review] Islands Helen Elliott , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , April no. 154 2019; (p. 72)

— Review of Islands Peggy Frew , 2019 single work novel
Glimmer of Hope in the Realm of Forgone Opportunities Bec Kavanagh , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9 March 2019; (p. 20)

— Review of Islands Peggy Frew , 2019 single work novel

'The body becomes an island in Peggy Frew’s third novel, one submerged beneath the weight of grief and unhappiness.'  (Introduction)

Bete Noire Bronwyn Lea , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 410 2019; (p. 38)

'According to the AFP, two Australians under the age of eighteen are reported missing every hour. Most are found alive, fairly quickly, but an unlucky few will progress to the category of long-term missing persons. From the Beaumont children of the 1960s to the more recent disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell, vanishing children have long troubled the Australian imagination. But the nightmare for their families is not one from which they can easily unsubscribe. Denied confirmation of life or death, families are suspended in an immiscible admixture of grief and hope. Peggy Frew’s third novel, Islands, brings a sympathetic eye to this painful subject.'  (Introduction)

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 Shortlist Reading Guide Kate Evans , Sarah L'Estrange , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , July 2020;

'Stories of trauma — personal, communal and national — dominate the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize, in its 63rd year.'

What I’m Reading Bec Kavanagh , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2019;
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