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Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Past the Shadows is a story of the bond of brotherhood and the fragility of youth.

This is an amazing literary debut from Victoria’s Favel Parrett. It is the story of three brothers growing up on the wild coast of Tasmania. The boys are surfers and abalone fisherman. The two youngest live with their dark and brooding father.

The story is told through the eyes of Miles and Harry, brothers who share an unbreakable bond.  Readers will empathise with the characters as they search for something to hold on to, something that is real. For Miles, the surf is the only thing that brings him that sense of self that is so drastically missing from his life. Harry, too young to surf, finds solace in the tiny and timeless objects he finds in the sand hills of the beach.

The novel will have you gripping the pages as deep family secrets are revealed, strange characters are introduced and the hardship of the boys’ lives unfolds. Parrett has created a novel with foreboding urgency. The simple language seems graceful and effortless, yet manages to visibly invoke the dark mood of the Tasmanian Coast which matches the story line and its characters.

The story surges towards its gripping conclusion and all along, Parrett’s obvious affinity with surfing and the ocean will thrill anyone who shares a love of the ocean. Review by Louise, Berkelouw Dee Why

Visit Favel’s website to find out more about this exciting young author http://www.favelparrett.com.au/

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September 8, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment