Lucy Treloar

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Wolfe Island

Longlisted for the ABIA 2020 - Literary Fiction
book | Fiction | Aug 2019
ANZ → Pan Macmillan (Ed. Geordie Williamson)

For years Kitty Hawke has lived alone on Wolfe Island, witness to the island’s erosion and clinging to the ghosts of her past. Her work as a sculptor and her wolfdog Girl are enough. News of mainland turmoil is as distant as myth until refugees from that world arrive: her granddaughter Cat, and Luis and Alejandra, a brother and sister escaping persecution. When threats from the mainland draw closer, they are forced to flee for their lives. They travel north through winter, a journey during which Kitty must decide what she will do to protect the people she loves.

Part western, part lament for a disappearing world, Wolfe Island (set off the northeast coast of the US) is a transporting novel that explores connection and isolation and the ways lives and families shatter and are remade.

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This lovely, atmospheric book sings of the inherent human drama, rising fragility of home-country and the recurrent need to flee and to protect. The journey told in this book is so evocative it will stay with the reader as an important literary fable of our period of history, in which a fraught world threatens all of us with flight, exile and bewilderment.

Tom Keneally

Treloar’s second novel is as impressive and haunting as her award-winning début, Salt Creek (2015), and just as bleak. While Salt Creek looked unflinchingly into the past, Wolfe Island turns its steady gaze towards the future.

Australian Book Review

Lucy Treloar's evocative prose sweeps you up in the landscape as it erodes in front of your eyes. It is a metaphor of sports for a society that is also at breaking point, and tensions build as the plot hurtles headlong into issues of illegal immigration, desperate refugees and family breakdown. 

Australian Women's Weekly

Wolfe Island is distinguished by its feeling for place and its memorably evocative writing: by the moods of weather and sea, the distinctive characters​of the turning seasons.

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