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The Voices: A Novel

Elderkin, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0802117570 / ISBN 13: 9780802117571
Published by Grove Press, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. First edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine copy in fine dust jacket. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000087281

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Title: The Voices: A Novel

Publisher: Grove Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Award-winning author Susan Elderkin — selected by Granta as one of the Best Young British Writers Under 40 in 2003 — offers a searing and eloquent lament for a fast-disappearing culture. In the bloodred dust of the Australian bush, thirteen-year-old Billy Saint finds guidance — not from his emotionally stifled parents or their Western culture — but from the landscape that surrounds him. Turning to the outback, the kangaroos, and the spirits of the native Aborigines, he hears the Voices of the country itself. Befriended by an enigmatic Aboriginal girl, Maisie, he is led farther into the untamed land and a culture that is not rightfully his. Billy realizes he is meddling with something deeply terrifying, and powerful beyond his control. Ten years later Billy lies in a hospital bed, recovering from gruesome wounds of mysterious origin. Cecily, an Aboriginal nurse, helps Billy as he struggles to piece himself back together. Shifting between his hospital stay and the childhood that led him there, The Voices unfolds into a mesmerizing exploration of the relationship between a white man, the land he loves, and the native spirits of the country, struggling to be heard before they are lost forever.

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Susan Elderkin is the acclaimed author of Sunset over Chocolate Mountains. Born in 1968, she has worked as an ice-cream seller, an English teacher in a Slovakian shoe factory and, for the past five years, as a freelance journalist. She lives in New York.

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