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'Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back.

'Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her beat-up car. The family of three journeys across the country, squabbling, bonding, searching and reconnecting. But Loretta isn't mother material. She's broke, unreliable, lost. And there's something else that's not quite right with this reunion.

'They reach the west coast and take refuge in a beachside caravan park. Their neighbour, a surly old man, warns the kids to stay away. But when Loretta disappears again the boys have no choice but to ask the old man for help, and now they face new threats and new fears.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my family.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
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      Extent: 202p.
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      • Publication date: 2 April 2012.
      ISBN: 9781921922084 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Facing Death on the Australian Beach : Examining Fear and Transcendence Elizabeth Ellison , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 45 2017;

'The Australian beach has often been considered in academic approaches as a place of binaries – focusing on either the mythic (Fiske, Hodge and Turner 1987) or the ordinary (Morris 1998). An edge to the Australian continent, the liminal space of the beach is one that has received some attention. Using Edward Soja’s (1996) ‘Thirdspace’ concept allows the beach to challenge the space as a liminality and emerge as a more complex beachspace, both mythic and ordinary and more all at once. The Australian beach is a place of significant beauty, while simultaneously a place of risk and danger. Visitors to the space are immediately warned to only swim between the flags, and many beaches are patrolled for the majority of the day all throughout the year. Technology has been employed to identify risk despite the inherent unpredictability of the beach (such as shark sighting technology, weather predictions, and wave cameras), with an aim to provide a safe, everyday space available to all Australians to use. The potential risks of accidental death are high on the beach; however, many representations of death tend to include homicide or suicide. ‘Facing death’ is interested in examining how Australian writers of the beach portray death. Classic texts like Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957) are discussed alongside more contemporary texts, including Fiona Capp’s Night Surfing (1996), Tim Winton’s Dirt Music (2001), and Romy Ash’s Floundering (2012). These writers portray death as an inevitability or a continual threat. Films such as Newcastle (2008) represent accidental death in a tight knit local community; in comparison Blackrock (1997) deals with both murder and suicide. This paper illustrates how examining the beach as a more complex space by interrogating Australian writing on the subject allows for an interesting understanding of how death is represented on the Australian beach.' (Publication abstract)

y separately published work icon Floundering by Romy Ash : Notes Samantha Ellen Bound , Victoria : Centre for Adult Education , 2013 Z1934994 2013 single work criticism
Bookworms on the Web Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2013; (p. 30)
Female Shortlist a Fitting Tribute to an Early Feminist Elizabeth Webby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 June 2013; (p. 35)
Literary Award Takes a Critical Leap Forward Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2013; (p. 12)
[Review] Floundering Sky Kirkham , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 339 2012; (p. 44)

— Review of Floundering Romy Ash , 2012 single work novel
[Review] Floundering Carody Culver , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February/March vol. 91 no. 7 2012; (p. 29)

— Review of Floundering Romy Ash , 2012 single work novel
Looking for the First Light Louise Swinn , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 March-1 April 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Light between Oceans M. L. Stedman , 2012 single work novel ; Floundering Romy Ash , 2012 single work novel
Books of the Week Lizzie Stafford , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 8 April 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Floundering Romy Ash , 2012 single work novel
West, to the End of the Line Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 April 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Floundering Romy Ash , 2012 single work novel
Fully Formed Rosemary Neill , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 506)
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of The Australian / Vogel award, Rosemary Neill surveys the highs and lows of a prize that has launched the careers of many leading writers.
Beautiful Beginnngs Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 18-19)
Geordie Williamson considers the enduring importance of the literary prize that has become the benchmark for finding new voices in Australian writing.
Vogel Novel a Study of Human Frailty Rosemary Neill , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 3)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 March-1 April 2012; (p. 19)
Bookworms on the Web Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2013; (p. 30)
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