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Author Shakespeare, Nicholas, 1957-

Title Secrets of the sea / Nicholas Shakespeare
Edition First U.S. edition
Published New York : HarperPerennial, [2007]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  820.914 S5274 A6/S  AVAILABLE
 W'BOOL  820.914 S5274 A6/S  AVAILABLE
Description 402 pages, 25 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Part I Wellington Point, February-May 1988 1 -- Part II Moulting Lagoon Farm, 1988-2004 139 -- Part III Oyster Bay, 12-16 December 2004 203 -- Part IV Moulting Lagoon Farm, 17-20 December 2004 259 -- Part V Melbourne, April 2005; Moulting Lagoon Farm, April-May -- 2005 337 -- Acknowledgements 401 -- ???
Summary Torn by tragedy from his early life on a remote farm in Tasmania, Alex Dove has returned years later to start over. A chance encounter with quiet, alluring Merridy Bowman - a young woman similarly haunted by a tangled and catastrophic history - results in marriage, as two damaged souls unite to build a home, family, and livelihood far removed from civilization's bustle. Soon they are drawn into the unpredictable dynamics of small-town island life - and into the destructive orbit of an unscrupulous real estate agent who maintains a secret hold over both Doves. But when a shipwreck off the shore thrusts a troubled, possibly criminal teenage castaway into their world, Alex and Merridy's tenuously forged happiness is suddenly at grave risk, as they are forced to confront deeper questions about the true meaning of fulfillment
Notes "An Ecco book."
Short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize
Listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award
Subject Orphans -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Fiction.
Australians -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Inheritance and succession -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Fiction.
Runaway teenagers -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Fiction.
Husband and wife -- Fiction.
Childlessness -- Fiction.
Oyster culture -- Fiction.
Shipwreck victims -- Fiction.
Teenage boys -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Tasmania -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Tasmania -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Psychological fiction.
Romance fiction.
LC no. 2007041924
ISBN 9780061474705 paperback
0061474703 paperback
Other Titles Secrets of the sea : a novel