The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2012 - Fiction - 323 pages
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When brothers Arcadia and Otto Cirque arrive in a fading gold-mining town with their travelling circus, Saturnalia, the town and the life of young Marianne Ward will never be the same. Months later, the flamboyant Arcadia Cirque is found dead, a pregnant Marianne goes missing, and Otto Cirque sets off to find her.
These dramatic events echo down the decades to Mrs Ivorie Hammer, who is dealing with her own problems. Pregnant and vexed by recent catastrophic events in her hometown, she discovers that her own origins are not as she thought. As the small community of Pitch is scandalised by mysterious deaths and disappearances, it is Ivorie's secret history that holds the key to the truth.
'Quite unlike anything I've read before in Australian literature.' Chris Womersley
 

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Contents

The House of Jupon
1
CANYON
18
OUTER PITCH
90
MIDDLE PITCH
149
INNER PITCH
220
Acknowledgments
322
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Edwina Preston is the author of Not Just a Suburban Boy and a creative writing teacher at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education. Her writing and reviews have appeared in the Age, the Australian, Griffith Review, Heat magazine, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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