Monday, 17 May 2010

A SMALL FREE KISS IN THE DARK


'A small free kiss in the dark' by Glenda Millard has been shortlisted for the Australian Book of the Year Awards, 2010.

Glenda has always loved carousels, and a day with her ex-teacher who restores carousels gave Glenda the idea of using a funfair as a central location for much of the novel.

But don't expect a warm and fuzzy novel full of happy families and funfair entertainment here. One of the major themes within the story is homelessness; the other is war.

The main character, Skip, is a runaway teenager who has been abused. He teams up with others who are either homeless or separated from their families. Initially they shelter at the local library but this proves too dangerous(!), so they move to the coast, the funfair and 'no-man's land.'

For a time the funfair creates a safe though sad and eerie haven for them.

But this is wartime, and the trucks are closing in on them...
-Ann

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