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Swan Bay: A Novel of Destiny, Desire a/Jones, Rod/Paper/1740510720/S049-A2
Random House Australia
'When someone dies - a parent, or more importantly a friend - it reminds us of how soon all that will remain of our own lives will be a kind of archaeology, layers of lost life, forgotten, unknowable.'
Abandoned by his wife, a man lives alone in a small town by the sea. His solitary life is suddenly interrupted when thirty-year-old Virgil McKenzie moves into the house next door.
Virgil is visited regularly by Marcus and Lolita Naseby, slick city dwellers and friends from Virgil's university days. The Nasbys look after Virgil; but are old friends almost indistinguishable from enemies, as the saying goes?
What follows is a novel as intense and questioning as the characters who drive it. With great acuity and restraint, Rod Jones probes the essential mystery of Fate: is there a place where our destiny is decided? Does every life have a fault line that's always waiting, like a trap?
Virgil McKenzie is a woman on the very edge of life. When she chooses a future beyond suffering, her final act is an unforgettable triumph of freedom and imagination.