Eight-year-old Pearl tries very hard to get things right. In their cramped apartment, she watches over her small brother and manages her mother's happiness, while carefully guarding her private passions. But the events of a summer's day are about to change Pearl's world, and nothing may ever be right again. In a cooler, greener suburb Sonia is learning to live alone after the death of her husband, and at the edge of the city, close to the beaches, the young artist Adam Logan is hoping that his controversial exhibit will improve his fortunes. In unforeseen ways, Pearl's tragedy will draw the threads of all their lives together. Combining the intimacy of a family's heartache with the suspense of a thriller, "Careless" is a gripping, seductive novel about the ties of caring and responsibility that are both formed and broken in today's society, and about the resilience of the human psyche.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 141 x 222 x 28mm | 480g
- 01 Jan 2007
- HODDER & STOUGHTON
- United Kingdom
"* 'What a heart swell of a book, so much wisdom and compassion, loveliness and sadness in it, along with writing that makes you suck in your breath at its beauty and precision. As a writer you just go 'wow'. It's a winner.' - Nikki Gemmell * 'Deborah Robertson dissects human emotion in ways dark and provocative. She exposes the nakedness of emotion, the viscera of pain' - The Age * 'Robertson's prose is seamless, seductive and a joy to read' - West Australian"
About Deborah Robertson
Deborah Robertson was born in Bridgetown, Western Australia. Her first book, PROUDFLESH, won the Steele Rudd award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication, and her stories have been published widely. She teaches writing at Murdoch University and lives in the port of Fremantle.