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Stillwater Creek
     

Stillwater Creek

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by Alison Booth
 

A dazzling debut novel about redemption, war, and the ties that hold families together
 
It is 1957 and—after the death of her husband—pianist Ilona Talivaldis and her nine-year-old daughter Zidra travel to the remote coastal town of Jingera in New South Wales. Ilona, a concentration camp survivor from Latvia, is searching for peace and

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A dazzling debut novel about redemption, war, and the ties that hold families together
 
It is 1957 and—after the death of her husband—pianist Ilona Talivaldis and her nine-year-old daughter Zidra travel to the remote coastal town of Jingera in New South Wales. Ilona, a concentration camp survivor from Latvia, is searching for peace and an opportunity to start anew. In her beautiful vine-covered cottage on the edge of the lagoon, she plans to set herself up as a piano teacher. The weeks pass, and slowly mother and daughter get to know the  townsfolk—including kind-hearted butcher George Cadwallader who is forever gazing at the stars; his son Jim, a boy wise beyond his years; Peter Vincent, a former wartime pilot and POW; and Cherry Bates, the publican's wife who is about to make a horrifying discovery. It's quickly apparent that Jingera is not quite the utopia Ilona imagined it to be—a discovery that may force her to risk the one thing she holds dear.

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"A story that lingers long in the imagination."  —Debra Adelaide, author, The Household Guide to Dying

"A mythical town and its people are brought beautifully to life . . . a really lovely book."  —Sunday Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781864711257
Publisher:
Random House Australia
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alison Booth is currently hard at work on her third novel, which will be set in Jingera in 1970.

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Stillwater Creek 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dazzling debut novel. The first of Booth’s series of novels is set in 1957 in the village of Jingera, on the Australian south coast, and is story of redemption, the legacy of war, and the ties that hold families together. It begins with the arrival in town of the Latvian refugee Ilona Talivaldis and her young daughter Zidra. Stillwater Creek is told from their viewpoints as well as those of Cherry Bates the publican’s wife, George Cadwaller the butcher, Jim Cadwaller his son, and Peter Vincent, a local farmer. Ilona has survived both the horrors of a concentration camp and the trauma of losing her husband. Peter was a fighter pilot during the war and was interned in a PoW camp. Cherry has escaped an unhappy childhood only to find herself in an unhappy marriage. Although she’s found a new love, she is unable to act through fear of the terrifying consequences should the nature of her love become public. But soon she discovers something so horrifying that her own concerns fade into insignificance, and she decides she will have to take matters into her own hands. The novel would make a great film. The characters, plotting and descriptive writing are brilliant, and the story has a deeply satisfying conclusion.