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Lost River: Four albums

Lazaroo, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-9859-9119 (2014) Lost River: Four albums. UWA Publishing, Crawley, Western Australia.


Lost River is the new novel from the award-winning author of The World Waiting To Be Made, The Travel Writer, The Australian Fiancé and Sustenance.

Balinese-born Ruth Joiner has always been an outsider. Orphaned in Bali and brought up by missionaries in the Australian desert, she is unsure of her heritage or her place in the world.

At seventeen she runs away to the small town of Lost River. There, as a fragile and trusting newcomer, she meets the enigmatic and carefree David Mathews, who gives her solace, friendship and a place to live. David disappears from her life but she is left with a home, a community and a gorgeous daughter who she names Dewi ('goddess' in Balinese).

It's more than she could have hoped for, in a life short on opportunity. But as Ruth has to confront her own, all-too-early mortality it is her calm demeanour and care that makes us confident that Dewi's future will be more positive.

Set in South-west Australia, Lost River is a life-affirming novel of dislocation and loss, and continues Simone Lazaroo's interest in connections between Australian and South-east Asian lives.

Item Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: UWA Publishing
Copyright: 2014 Simone Lazaroo
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