The Australia Stories A Novel Haunted by the deaths of his mother and grandmother both of whom perished while hiking through Australia s Blue Mountains Sam Browne returns to the country of his mother s birth in search of his fam

  • Title: The Australia Stories: A Novel
  • Author: Todd James Pierce
  • ISBN: 9781931561280
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Haunted by the deaths of his mother and grandmother, both of whom perished while hiking through Australia s Blue Mountains, Sam Browne returns to the country of his mother s birth in search of his family s history and a way to make a place for himself within it By reading his grandmother s memoirs, Sam begins to connect to his family s ancestral home and understand the reHaunted by the deaths of his mother and grandmother, both of whom perished while hiking through Australia s Blue Mountains, Sam Browne returns to the country of his mother s birth in search of his family s history and a way to make a place for himself within it By reading his grandmother s memoirs, Sam begins to connect to his family s ancestral home and understand the reasons that she and her daughter after her were so drawn to the Australian landscape and the mystery found there Drawing upon Australian culture and Aborigine mythology, The Australia Stories captures the strong hold that a place can have upon a person and the way a family s legacy can live on in the present The Australia Stories is the story of Sam Browne s family his famous grandmother who goes missing while hiking across the Outback and his mother who tries to fill the space left in her wake But for me the novel began one spring afternoon when I was in Sydney with a friend and his grandfather, Mr May I d just graduated from college and was teaching high school in Australia After lunch we walked down to the water, right by the Harbour Bridge We stood there a long time, the spring sun slanting down on us, and I noticed how Mr May kept looking up at the bridge, the skin crinkling at the corners of his eyes That bridge was a beautiful structure, a large steel arch spanning the harbor Locals called it The Coat Hanger because of its shape Mr May told me something then that I d never known when he was a young man, during the Depression, he d helped build that bridge, first with quarry work and later by carrying tools for men who were experienced in welding I never forgot the way he looked at it, the longingvisible in his face, and I never forgot what he said, It ll be here long after I m gone I carried that day with me for a long time because I understood he was contemplating something I d never considered what it means to have a full life and what it means to leave it Eventually Mr May became my inspiration for the character Gregory, and eventually I understood that Gregory was married to one of my heroines, the woman who disappeared in the Outback Gregory and his wife had children, and their children had children, one of whom turned out to be Sam Browne, the narrator of this book It wasn t until the following year, until I d written the first two sections, that I learned my novel would be a love story as well When I first read The Australia Stories I felt like I d discovered a classic it is elegant and deceptively simple, and the narrative voice is so quietly assured that I couldn t believe this was a first novel by a young writer But how lucky for all of us that it is A.S.

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    1. Todd James Pierce says:

      The author of the novel, The Australia Stories and the story collection, Newsworld, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award and the Paterson Prize His work has been published in Fiction, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Willow Springs He lives in a little town called Orcutt just north of Santa Barbara, California and co directs the Creative Writing program at Cal Poly University Aside from his work in creative writing, over the past decade, he has interviewed over 100 men and women who worked in animation and outdoor amusements during the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.



    2 thoughts on “The Australia Stories: A Novel

    1. I always enjoy books about strong, independent women, and strong, independent women from Australia in particular. I love learning about the matriarchal society of Aborigone culture and the connection to Austrialian women.This one had it all the requirements necessary to keep me enthralled; Mr. Pierce does a really good job writing from a woman's POV, not many men can carry that off, so props to him for that. I find myself agreeing with a reader on here that the grandmother was much more interest [...]

    2. I read this wonderful book when it was first released, but something--summmer weather, I thought--made me pick it up again. Quickly I realized the book had been with me the whole time, and within a few pages, Pierce's voice had lulled me again into a state of high suggestibility where landscape, history and dream comingle. At first the novel seems fragmented, but soon you realize that Pierce's characters, especially Sam Browne, move according to their own timelines. Trauma, uncertainty and loss [...]

    3. Being relatively newly engaged, it was a little strange to be reading a book where almost every character is divorced, the only exception being the uncle, whose significant other died. All the same, it was an enjoyable book to read, with no particular aim, drama, or climax, and stories that jumped along the timeline. It was calm and matter-of-fact, but with a somehow catching story about a member of the family from each of several generations.

    4. There are many books I read that aren't worth mentioning. This isn't one of them. It is beautifully told story of a man searching to understand himself and his family. I was touched by the relationships and how the stories intertwined. The insight into the protagonist was haunting (maybe because I saw so much of myself in him). I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who has struggled to understand their place in the world and especially in their family.

    5. It isn't that I didn't like the book, I just found it forgettable. The story that wasn't told was the far more interesting part. I wished I could read the grandmother's essays, which of course don't exist as this novel is fiction. Unfortunately, Sam Browne is not nearly as his interesting as his grandmother.

    6. This novel is presented in short stories, but they are all part of the larger story. It reads as if it could actually be true, which gives it that much more charm. The ending is a bit fanciful, but I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book.

    7. Very good stories, the kind of competent but almost bland writing that comes from creative writing programs today. Sour gripes? I don’t think so. No fire or no passion, or else the writing has been so pasteurized that the reader cannot feel those things.

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