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Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her beat-up car. The family of three journeys across the country, squabbling, bonding, searching and reconnecting. But Loretta isn't mother material. She's broke, unreliable, lost. And there's something else that's t quite right with this reunion. They reach the west coast and take refuge in a beachside caravan park. Their neighbour, a surly old man, warns the kids to stay away. But when Loretta disappears again the boys have choice but to ask the old man for help, and w they face new threats and new fears. This beautifully written and gripping debut is as moving as it is frightening, and as heartbreaking as it is tender.
Romy Ash is the author of Floundering, her first novel, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, Commonwealth Writer's Prize and Prime Minister's literary award, amongst others. She was awarded the SMH Best Young Australian Novelists of the year award for 2013. She lives in Melbourne.
Winner of Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Award 2013 (Australia). Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013 (Australia) and Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2013 (Australia) and Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 and Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2013 (Australia) and Australian Book Industry Awards, Newcomer of the Year 2013 (Australia) and Dobbie Literary Award 2013 (Australia). Long-listed for The Stella Prize 2013 (Australia).