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by Gail Jones
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099507099, Paperback)This is a story that can only be told in a whisper...In the remote outback of Western Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita. Her childhood is far from ordinary; a shack in the wilderness, with a distant father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose knowledge of Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl's limited education. Emotionally adrift, Perdita develops a friendship with an Aboriginal girl, Mary, with whom she will share a very special bond. She appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until Nicholas Keane is discovered murdered...
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In 1930, anthropologist Nicholas Keene travels to Australia in order to study Aboriginal behaviour. On arrival in Perth, Keene and wife Stella catch a steamer north up the coast and then head inland deep into the outback. Instead of pulling them together the isolation exposes and accentuates their weaknesses.
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