The Choke

The Choke

Description

Winner of the 2018 Australian Indie Fiction Award


`Lyrical and brutal' Irish Times


Justine Lee was born breech, entering the world on her knees. She reads words the wrong way round. But she sees things more clearly than the adults around her think.


Raised by her Pop since her parents left, Justine makes dens down by the narrow stretch of the Murray River they call the Choke, dodging the violent games of her half-brothers. Pop means well but has his demons, and Justine is left to eat little but eggs from the chooks, arriving at school with egg-stained clothes.


When Justine hears her dad's coming home at Christmas, she feels a mixture of excitement and dread. He's a dangerous man, and his presence will close in on Justine's young life, like the riverbanks at the Choke. She must find a way to flow onwards, breaking the cycle of violence and poverty through friendship, resilience and her own strength.


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Details

Author(s)
Sofie Laguna
Format
Hardback | 384 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 30.48mm | 294.84g
Publication date
01 Jun 2019
Publisher
Gallic Books
Imprint
Aardvark Bureau
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1910709573
ISBN13
9781910709573
Bestsellers rank
36,338