Synopses & Reviews
From award-winning author Tim Winton comes an epic novel that regularly tops the list of best-loved novels in Australia.
After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united, and—until God seems to turn His back on their boy Fish—religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords.
Change, hardship, and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering house called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years, they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognized as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Wintons sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
“Winton is a one-man band of genius.”—Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times
“Cloudstreet gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class Australians the way Joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century Dubliner.”—Elizabeth Ward, The Washington Post
“Nothing short of magnificent...A wonderful read.”—Andrew Yule, Time Out (New York)
“One of my favorite novels.”—Nancy Pearl
About the Author
Tim Winton is widely considered one of the greatest living Australian writers. He has published twenty-four books, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music, and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.