A delightful novel of secrets and small town obsessions from Australian musician and songwriter, Holly Throsby.
It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped.
Goodwood is a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It's a place where it's impossible to keep a secret.
In 1992, when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart McDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes home.
People die in Goodwood, of course, but never like this. They don't just disappear.
As the intensity of speculation about the fates of Rosie and Bart heightens, Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood are left reeling.
Rich in character and complexity, its humour both droll and tender, Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community, torn apart by dark rumours and mystery.
Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, an album as part of the band Seeker Lover Keeper, and has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly's debut novel, Goodwood (2016), was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for the Indie and ABIA awards as well as the Davitt and Ned Kelly awards.
Shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards - Best First Fiction 2017 AU; Shortlisted Davitt Awards - Best Debut Novel 2017 AU; Shortlisted Davitt Awards - Best Adult Novel 2017 AU; Shortlisted ABIA Awards - Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2017 AU; Shortlisted ABIA Awards - Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2017 AU; Shortlisted Indie Books Awards - Best Debut Fiction 2017 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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