Gifts of the Peramangk

Gifts of the Peramangk

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Gifts of the Peramangk is an achingly beautiful story about perseverance and hope that I wished would never end. Dean Mayes clearly cares deeply about his characters, and his dedication to them shines through. I highly recommend this tale.--Long and Short Reviews

In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and put to work on an isolated and harsh outback station. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her secretly by the kind-hearted wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter Ruby plays the violin with the passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst poverty, domestic violence and societal dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby's zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor and with his help, she embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a rare opportunity. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

Dean writes so beautifully, that you can hear the music playing.-Books Complete Me

Be sure to also read Dean Mayes' other novels:
The Hambledown Dream
The Artisan Heart
The Recipient
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 25.4mm | 399g
  • BC, Canada
  • English
  • 1926760808
  • 9781926760803
  • 762,644

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"Mayes's characters inspire sympathy, and I kept reading to learn more about them." --San Francisco Book Review
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About Dean Mayes

Dean Mayes is an Intensive Care nurse who is fascinated by the paranormal, so his stories weave an element of magical realism with deep humanism. He grew up near Melbourne, Australia, and now lives in Adelaide with his family and dog, and enjoys cooking, Star Wars, and a good joke.

Dean is the author of four successful novels:
The Hambledown Dream
Gifts of the Peramangk
The Artisan Heart
The Recipient
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86 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 62% (53)
4 20% (17)
3 8% (7)
2 6% (5)
1 5% (4)
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