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Cassie Callinan is a dutiful corporate wife, carefully preserving the safety of the status quo, and her husband's camellias. When she learns she has lost her husband to a younger woman, she panics. Who is she, without the familiar props of her marriage? Fleeing her own life, Cassie finds herself amongst the eccentric inhabitants of Shearwater, an isolated coastal village. Against her will, she is gradually drawn into the life of the town, with all its dramas, joy and secrets, and begins to discover who she really is. A delicious story of self-discovery that illuminates life's infinite possibilities; a story of love, hope and human frailty that will make you laugh, and cry.
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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 133 x 195 x 27mm | 340g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143005952
  • 9780143005957

About Andrea Mayes

Andrea Mayes was born in the north of England in 1955 and emigrated to Melbourne in 1976. She has written stories and poetry since she was a child. Her writing has won awards and commendations and has been published in literary magazines, anthologies, newspapers, and broadcast by the ABC. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Rose Notes (Penguin 2005), interweaving the stories of two families in a fictional southern Riverina landscape, is listed for VCE Literature Studies 2008/9/10. Her second novel, Shearwater (Penguin 2007), tells the story of Cassie Callinan as she learns to to handle one of life's more brutal surprises with her own brand of courage and humour. Shearwater reached the Top Ten Bestsellers list nationally.
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