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Pan Macmillan, Jun 1, 2011 - Fiction - 200 pages
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‘Gemmell has written a powerful novel that does not flinch from strong emotion or description to provide a luminous insight into the fringes of Australian society and the long, dark night of the soul’ The Times

‘The desolate landscapes of central Australia, eerily beautiful and cruel, are superbly evoked in Cleave. Nikki Gemmell’s heroine, Snip Freeman, is a painter who, as a child, lived in the centre until her father Bud deserted her . . . Prompted by her grandmother, she heads west from Sydney with a stranger, Dave, in search of Bud, her own childhood and, perhaps, a new life. Gemmell writes brilliantly about the journey, about Snip’s insistence that she feels lust, not love, for Dave, and later about Snip and her father marooned in the desert, both hallucinating as they run out of water and hope’ Sunday Time s

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

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

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About the author (2011)

Born in Wollongong, Australia, Nikki Gemmell now lives in London. Her novels include Cleave and Lovesong.

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