A FAR-BACK COUN­TRY

WHO - - Winter Reads - KATE LYONS

When 14-year-old Ray flees home af­ter a vi­o­lent row with his fa­ther, he leaves be­hind his mum and sis­ters Ur­sula and Tilda. The now 41-yearold Ray lives alone in the out­back, fear­ful that his dad’s volatile na­ture re­mains in his DNA. He’s un­aware that Ur­sula has been search­ing for him, haunted by the myr­iad pos­si­bil­i­ties for why he dis­ap­peared. A com­pelling read set against a ru­ral land­scape, Lyons tack­les how me­mory, fam­ily bonds and longheld se­crets de­fine who we are.

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