The Last Thread is Michael Sala’s fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family. This is a moving chronicle of a boy’s turbulent relationship with his bullying stepfather, aloof older brother and adored mother, whose cheerful apathy has devastating consequences. As his life unfolds, Michael – now a father – must decide if he can free himself from the dark pull of the past.
Reminiscent of the great autobiographical novels of JM Coetzee and Michael Ondaatje, The Last Thread is a beautifully crafted work from an exceptional new writer.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - oldblack - LibraryThing
Oh dear. Another bad choice. I don't know why I had this on my wish list...I suppose it might have been its possible focus on parent-child relationships? It did win the 2013 Premier's Award for New ... Read full review
The Last ThreadUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
Michael Sala spent his early years in the Netherlands and moved to Australia (twice) with an unstable mother and an abusive stepfather. This autobiographical novel captures the confusion and longing ... Read full review