After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together. But Freya doesn't want a fresh start - she just wants out - and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made. Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured - with devastating consequences.
* Major print interview * National radio interviews on RN Books & Arts Daily and with Radio NZ's Kim Hill * Local ABC Radio interview in Newcastle * Launch at the Newcastle Writers Festival * Wide Review coverage in broadsheet newspapers and literary journals * Online review coverage on sites such as the Guardian, ANZ LitLovers and BookMooch * Author will be a guest at Writers' Festivals * Dedicated influential reader mailout * Feature advertising in the Monthly * Shared advertising in ABR and the Big Issue * Giveaways and promotions with online booklover communities like Goodreads, Good Reading and Better Reading * Budget for bookseller catalogues * Feature title in Text newsletters, website and social media campaigns * Bookclub notes available on publication
'A wise and timely novel that builds and breaks like a summer storm-just as beautiful, just as brutal.' Fiona McFarlane 'Michael Sala has a rare gift: in prose that takes your breath away, he tells a story of heart-rending sorrow without a trace of sentimentality.' Raimond Gaita on The Last Thread 'A confronting and compelling story of a family. Sala captures perfectly the puzzled silence of the uncomprehending child in a narrative swollen with unspoken secrets.' Debra Adelaide on The Last Thread
Michael Sala was born in the Netherlands in 1975 to a Greek father and a Dutch mother, and first came to Australia in the 1980s. He lives in Newcastle. His critically acclaimed debut, The Last Thread, won the 2013 NSW Premier's Award for New Writing and was the regional winner (Pacific) of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize.