Monday, June 18, 2012

Travel to Australia this Summer

Kate Grenville's vivid Australian historical "Colonial Trilogy"concludes with Sarah Thornhill. You don't need to have read the other books in the trilogy to understand what is going on. The first book, The Secret River was a prize winning novel and a Librarians' Choice selection, but I recommend you read it just because it was so good. The Secret River details what happens to the first generation of Australian settlers. William Thornhill is a English convict who earns his pardon and settles on the banks of a river to homestead. He transforms himself from a lowly bargeman and criminal to a prosperous land owner. Tensions build with the Aborigines who were there first. The final book, Sarah Thornhill, explores Australian life for the next generation of Australians. Sarah is William's daughter. She doesn't understand why her father is dead set against her relationship with a half Aborigine man. Her father tells her to never look back, the past doesn't matter. However they are both about to find out that the past has a way of resurfacing. A riveting read, and a must for fans of Australian fiction.

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