FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, her mother disappeared into a blizzard never to return. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to the place of her childhood to visit her drunkard father. The shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present, changing forever his living death and her ordered life.
When the Tasmanian Hmong ´´gifted´´ the author with the task of placing their story on record she set about interviewing this small refugee community in Tasmania, Australia´s island state. But she did more than that. She traced the history of the Hmong people from the first references in Chinese literature through their chequered history in China until some of them moved into northern Laos. The book describes, largely in their own words, their exodus from hill-tribe homes as a result of the Secret War and the conflict in Vietnam. She follows them to refugee camps in Thailand and eventually to Australia where they build a new life. The story is set amidst the context of migration, both primary and secondary, globalization and diaspora. The book offers a comprehensive look at resettlement of this refugee community and tells a fascinating story of a resilient people.
Damaged but not broken after his ordeal in the Tasmanian wilderness, park ranger Taylor Bridges believes his ghosts are in the past - until a raging forest fire lays bare the remains of a young woman...and a decades-old killing ground. After the police enlist Taylor in their investigation, the evidence points to a preacher who reigned over The Falls a century ago. But when a crucial witness and a policewoman disappear, it´s clear that the killer is alive and dangerous. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ric Herbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/003111/bk_howe_003111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.