Last Thread

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Affirm Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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User 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 Thread

User 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

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About the author (2012)

Michael Sala is an Australian writer and teacher. His short fiction has been published in various anthologies, including The Best Australian Stories three times. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award. He is the winner of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing and the regional winner (Pacific) of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. The Last Thread is his first novel.

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