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Publisher Description

A sweeping novel of world war, migration, and the search for new beginnings in a new land, The Sound of One Hand Clapping was both critically acclaimed and a bestseller in Australia. Recognized with the Australian Booksellers’ Book of the Year Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, it now introduces to an international readership a young Australian who is emerging as one of our most talented new storytellers.

In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp for a hydroelectric dam in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her migrant Slovenian father was drunk, her mother Maria walked off into a blizzard, never to return. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to Tasmania and a father haunted by memories of the European war and other, more recent horrors. As the shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present, Sonja’s empty life and her father’s living death are to change forever. The Sound of One Hand Clapping is about the barbarism of an old world left behind, about the harshness of a new country, and the destiny of those in a land beyond hope who seek to redeem themselves through love.

Fiction & Literature
May 13
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

Rocketgirl56 ,

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The story could have been told in half the space. I found events and character behavior and interactions to be so redundant as to be tedious and boring. The writing was uneven, at times almost poetic and lyrical, at other times choppy and obtuse. There was no memorable or significant ending. The story just stopped. I cannot recommend the book.

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