The Birthmark

The Birthmark

by Beth Montgomery
     
 
The Birthmark is an irresistible page-turner, a novel that takes us into a world of adventure and secrets, a place where the past and present collide with astonishing results.

The Birthmark interweaves the stories of two generations on the fictional Pacific island of Tevua, north-east of Australia. In 1942 young lovers Tepu and Edouwe struggle to

Overview

The Birthmark is an irresistible page-turner, a novel that takes us into a world of adventure and secrets, a place where the past and present collide with astonishing results.

The Birthmark interweaves the stories of two generations on the fictional Pacific island of Tevua, north-east of Australia. In 1942 young lovers Tepu and Edouwe struggle to survive under the brutal Japanese occupation; and in 2004 teenage friends Hector and Lily fight a modern battle with boredom, poverty and parental neglect.

Both outsiders for different reasons, Lily and Hector spend their summer holiday roaming through the island's thick forests and around the coral pinnacles on the beach. They discover a Japanese sword, a relic of World War II, and soon afterwards an angry Japanese soldier begins to haunt Lily's dreams. What does the ghostly soldier have to tell Lily? Why does her birthmark burn in her sleep? Will the sword be used again? And can younger generations somehow resolve the crimes of the past?

'A rich and moving story, which interweaves a tragic wartime history, its ghosts and its legacy, into the lives of young and old.' Martine Murray

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781921776557
Publisher:
The Text Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
874 KB
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Beth Montgomery grew up on Melbourne’s fringe. She worked as a teacher in the Pacific Islands and is married to a Solomon Islander. They have three children and now live in rural Victoria, where Beth is at work on her next books. Beth has written two novels, The Birthmark and Murderer’s Thumb.

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