Phillipa 'Snip' Freeman is an artist and a wanderer, proudly in control of her own world. That is until an envelope arrives, mailed by her grandmother before her death. It contains a check for $30,000 and one simple instruction - Hunt him down. With the note in hand, and with Dave, her handsome traveling companion by her side, Snip embarks on a journey into the Australian outback to find her father, Bud, and to unravel the terrifying silence of her childhood. Snip reaches Bud in the communal land of the Aborigines, and thinks that perhaps she has found home. But the shadow of past mistakes looms large over the territory, and Bud must flee. Desperate for her father's love, Snip follows. On the run together in the fierce desert, they speak of past hurts and betrayals. Finally, in a confession that will change Snip forever, Bud reveals the dreadful secret behind his self-imposed exile.
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It's stopping energy, she's been told, it's the Yapa way - the Aboriginal way - that
way. And in the oven-baked light, her eyes are narrowing to a line. No Food's
stomach still heaves. He barely raises his head from the floor for a feed, barely
Later this afternoon or tomorrow or the next one again, it's the Yapa way that way.
Just like later later she'll see Bud because that's why she's back in this place.
Later later is the rhythm of this place. The last time Snip was in the community, ...
YAP A WAY Snip is beginning again to talk Yapa way. Dropping 'and' and 'the',
economical way. Saying little one, skinny one, cheeky one. Remembering that
fire can be cheeky, and noisy dog can be cheeky, and tea that spills, and kids.
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Cleave tells the story of Snip, a thirty-year-old woman with a fierce need to be alone to pursue her art. She also has a strong attachment to her father, who she has rarely seen in the past 23 years ... Read full review
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If you have ever read The Bean Trees or Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver you might be reminded of Taylor Greer when you read Nikki Gemmell's Alice Springs. There are definite similarities between ... Read full review