The Restorer by Michael Sala

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**Shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction**

An extraordinary literary novel set in Newcastle in 1989, about the devastating fault lines that can run in families.

After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together.

But Freya doesn’t want a fresh start she just wants out and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made.

Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured with devastating consequences.

Praise for The Restorer:

‘I would defy anyone to read this story and remain unmoved.’ Hannah Kent

‘This is powerful, poetic, extraordinary fiction…Sala never falters.’ Australian

‘Unputdownable…Sala creates an atmosphere of simmering tension with an undercurrent of unpredictability that seeps into every exchange.’ Saturday Paper

‘A slow-burning work of fiction that moves with troubling intensity and sensitivity to give an insider’s account of a violent marriage.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Entrancing and heartbreakingly sad.’ Who Weekly

Contemporary fiction
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