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Grey's mother dies giving birth to his sister Irene and he prays that she will be returned to him so he might protect her from the world as his father did not. This prayer, Grey believes, is answered in his sister Irene. He becomes obsessed with protecting her purity and innocence while befriending the wild boys of the small town of Mary Smokes — horse-handlers and fox hunters and part-time timber workers — members of a small, vanishing tribe who find themselves caught between an old relationship with place and a new one that is exemplified by the highway that threatens their town. Holland's kinship with Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses is palpable. The Mary Smokes Boys is heart-rending and unforgettable, a suspenseful story of horse thieves and broken promises, of love and tragedy, of the fragility and grace of small town life, and how one fateful moment can forever alter the course of a life.

Review:

"Patrick Holland's beautiful, beautiful novel is a tale that transports you through its realization of place and its genuinely affecting story of love (for brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers). And yes, for a language as pure and magical as I have read in a long time....A major work." Martin Shaw, Readings Newsletter

Review:

"One of those books, one of those straight-to-the-heart, life-changing books." Krissy Kneen, Affection

Review:

"Barely a scene or image is wasted....He weaves Hemingway's blunt sentences and carved dialogue with the old fashioned storytelling of a folk tale imbued with the dark romance of a Nick Cave ballad." Jo Case, The Age

Review:

"The Mary Smokes Boys is a gem. The writing is absolutely terrific and the characters distinct and deftly revealed. This story is a heart wrecker." Barry Lopez, Winner of the American Book Award

Review:

"Holland has created an affecting...norish yarn of life Down Under." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The final portion of the novel...is riveting. A fine piece of work from a writer with real potential." Booklist

Review:

"The Mary Smokes Boys demands patience, but it rewards it, too — even as the promise of an indifferent world slowly takes its toll on Irene and Grey." The Portland Mercury

About the Author

Patrick Holland is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association and grew up in outback Queensland, Australia, where he worked as a horseman before moving to Brisbane. He has worked and studied in China and Vietnam and is the author of the travel book, Riding the Trains in Japan: Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East and the Saigon-based novel The Darkest Little Room, a collection of stories, and The Source of the Sound, which won the Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780989360401
Author:
Holland, Patrick
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books
Subject:
Literary
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140211
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in

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Product details 224 pages Hawthorne Books - English 9780989360401 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Patrick Holland's beautiful, beautiful novel is a tale that transports you through its realization of place and its genuinely affecting story of love (for brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers). And yes, for a language as pure and magical as I have read in a long time....A major work." Martin Shaw, Readings Newsletter
"Review" by , "One of those books, one of those straight-to-the-heart, life-changing books." Krissy Kneen, Affection
"Review" by , "Barely a scene or image is wasted....He weaves Hemingway's blunt sentences and carved dialogue with the old fashioned storytelling of a folk tale imbued with the dark romance of a Nick Cave ballad." Jo Case, The Age
"Review" by , "The Mary Smokes Boys is a gem. The writing is absolutely terrific and the characters distinct and deftly revealed. This story is a heart wrecker." Barry Lopez, Winner of the American Book Award
"Review" by , "Holland has created an affecting...norish yarn of life Down Under."
"Review" by , "The final portion of the novel...is riveting. A fine piece of work from a writer with real potential."
"Review" by , "The Mary Smokes Boys demands patience, but it rewards it, too — even as the promise of an indifferent world slowly takes its toll on Irene and Grey."
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