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'"Gilly. You know we'll die here, don't you?"

'Pete's eyes are glazed and red-rimmed. "Yes."

'"Aren't you afraid?"

'"No, I'm not," I tell him.

'"I can't believe you," he says. "I don't believe you're not afraid."

'He wants us to be joined now, at this moment. He doesn't want to die alone. But I mean it. I'm not afraid.

'Gilly lives in a drought-ridden small town in 1970s Australia. She's left school but hasn't found a job, it's always hot and life seems a little pointless.

'Then Pete arrives. Golden-skinned with a kind smile and relaxed attitude, he boards with Gilly and her family and breaks the tension between her philandering father and anxious-to-please mother. Gilly can't help but fall in love with him and one sultry night, she gets what she wants.

'A few weeks later, Pete disappears and Gilly finds out she's pregnant. She wants Pete so badly she'll do what it takes to find him and keep him, at any cost.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication:
    For Brodie and Jude
    and for Russell

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Books , 2011 .
      Extent: 319p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes reading group questions.
      ISBN: 9781864711158 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Abandoned Self Alistair Jones , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9 -10 April 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel
Take Three : Fiction Ian McFarlane , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 27 March 2011; (p. 26)

— Review of Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel ; Bearings Leah Swann , 2011 selected work short story novella
Pick of the Week Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 March 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel
In Search of Sex and Sexuality Helen Elliott , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 19 March 2011; (p. 24-25)

— Review of This Too Shall Pass Sally J. Finn , 2011 single work novel ; Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel ; Me and Mr Booker Cory Taylor , 2011 single work novel
In Search of Sex and Sexuality Helen Elliott , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 19 March 2011; (p. 24-25)

— Review of This Too Shall Pass Sally J. Finn , 2011 single work novel ; Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel ; Me and Mr Booker Cory Taylor , 2011 single work novel
Pick of the Week Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 March 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel
Take Three : Fiction Ian McFarlane , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 27 March 2011; (p. 26)

— Review of Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel ; Bearings Leah Swann , 2011 selected work short story novella
The Abandoned Self Alistair Jones , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9 -10 April 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Desert Fish Cherise Saywell , 2011 single work novel
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