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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 The Grass Castle
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'The story of two remarkable women and their tales of forgiveness and acceptance, from the bestselling author of The Lightkeeper's Wife.

'Abby is a young woman shying away from close contact with others and running from a terrible event in her early teens which has shaped her life. Then she meets Daphne, the daughter of a pastoralist, who grew up in a remote valley of the Brindabella Ranges. Daphne raised her family in the high country with her husband Doug, in a world of horses, cattle and stockmen. But the government forced them off their land, and years later, Daphne is still trying to come to terms with her departure from the mountains and the tragic impact it had on her husband.

'Though years and life experience separate Abby and Daphne, they understand each other, and a gentle friendship forms. While Abby's traumatic past hampers her involvement with journalist Cameron, Daphne tussles with her own family history and the shadow it may have cast over the original inhabitants of the land. Both women must help each other face the truth and released long-buried family secrets before they can be free.

'The Grass Castle is a sweeping rural epic that reflects the strength which resides in us all: the courage to learn and grow from the past.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my parents Jim and Diana Viggers
  • Epigraph:

    Here, everything moves,

    Mists, weather and people move

    confusedly over the mountains

    only the monoliths stay

    peeling their onion-skin faces back

    a thumb's width in a century.

    Where the Body Lay

    Mark O'Connor


    That the clouds should change so swiftly,

    you and I so slowly,

    and the mountains least of all.

    Skiers

    Mark O'Connor


    From The Olive Tree: Collected Poems

    Mark O'Connor

  • Other formats: Also braille.
  • Other formats: Also large print.

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 , 2014 .
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      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 416p.
      Note/s:
      • Published February 2014
      ISBN: 9781743317723
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2015 .
      image of person or book cover 3455685956780364019.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 416p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published April 2015.
      ISBN: 9781760113001

Works about this Work

Mountains of Inspiration Karen Hardy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 April 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of The Grass Castle Karen Viggers , 2014 single work novel
Mountains of Inspiration Karen Hardy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 April 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of The Grass Castle Karen Viggers , 2014 single work novel
Last amended 16 May 2019 16:29:37
Settings:
  • Brindabella Range ACT / NSW, Australian Capital Territory,
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,
  • Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan area, Canberra region (NSW), Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • Mansfield - Mount Buller area, Northern Victoria, Victoria,
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