Past the Shallows by Favel ParrettPast the Shallows is a haunting story about family bonds: with only memories of their mother, three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, are left to fend for themselves, living with a father who is unpredictable, often drunk and unsympathetic. Life for Miles and Harry, in a remote community on the south coast of Tasmania, becomes even worse when their older brother Joe leaves. The story of the two remaining brothers is heart-rending, but the moments of light and hope, and the bond between the two boys are heart-warming.  While some adults in the community seem concerned and Miles does his best to look out for his younger brother, you sense they are fighting a losing battle…

This is a rare gem of a novel – a literary shark egg I am so delighted to have discovered!.

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