Gifts of the Peramangk

Gifts of the Peramangk

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Description

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 9mm | 402g
  • BC, Canada
  • English
  • 1926760808
  • 9781926760803
  • 739,767

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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 a Pediatric 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, the setting for his new novel The Recipient, but now lives in Adelaide with his family and dog, whom he loves with great passion along with cooking, Star Wars and a great joke.
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81 ratings
4.34 out of 5 stars
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4 19% (15)
3 9% (7)
2 5% (4)
1 4% (3)
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