Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 15 August 2022

The Islands by Emily Brugman

The Islands is the sweeping story of the Saari family: Onni, an industrious and ambitious young man, grappling with the loss of a loved one; his wife Alva, quiet but stoic, a seeking a sense of belonging between the ramshackle caps of the islands and the dusty suburban lots of the mainland; and their pensive daughter Hilda who dreams of becoming the skipper of her own boat. As the Saaris’ try to build their future in Australia, their lives entwine with those of the fishing families of Little Rat in myriad and unexpected ways.

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The Islands | Emily Brugman

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