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Incredible Floridas

Stephen Orr

Incredible Floridas
As Hitler's war looms, famous Australian artist Roland Griffin returns home from London with his family to live a simple life of shared plums and low-cut lawns in the suburbs.

In the yard: a daughter, and a son, Hal, growing up with a preoccupied father who is always out in his shed stretching canvases and painting outback pubs. An isolated man obsessed with other people and places. Everything is a picture, a symbol. Even Hal, the boy in the boat, drifting through a strange world of Incredible Floridas.

As the years pass, Roland learns that Hal is unable to control his own thoughts, impulses, behaviour. The boy becomes the destroyer of family. The neighbourhood is enlisted to help Hal find a way forward. Child actor, a clocker at Cheltenham Racecourse, an apprentice race caller. Incredible Floridas describes Hal's attempts at adulthood, love, religion, and the hardest thing of all: gaining his father's approval.

Praise for Incredible Floridas:
'While the distinctive life of time and place comes across vividly through the interactions of a believable cast of characters, the deeper attractions of the novel come from the way Orr has woven tragic young Hal into the magical tapestry of Rimbaud's famous poem, Le bateau ivre (The Drunken Boat)' - Katherine England, Advertiser

'One of my favourite authors.' - Lisa Hill, ANZLitLovers LitBlog

'It is interesting to speculate about the historical details, which may have inspired Stephen Orr to write this cleverly constructed novel.' - Julie Wells, ReadPlus

'A haunting novel of quiet power, with strikingly etched dialogue, Incredible Floridas is the work of a literary craftsman at the top of his game.' - Cameron Woodhead, Age/Sydney Morning Herald

Stephen Orr is the author of six previous novels - Attempts to Draw Jesus (runner-up The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2000), Hill of Grace, Time's Long Ruin (longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and basis for the opera Innocence), Dissonance, One Boy Missing and The Hands (longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award) - as well as a collection of short stories, Datsunland. Stephen has an abiding interest in the dynamics of families and communities, as well as the plight of isolated individuals. He has been nominated for several major Australian literary awards, and works part-time as a teacher in Adelaide.
Category Literature - Fiction
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055076
Extent 352 pages
Price: AU$32.95 including GST
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