The Resource Hope Farm, Peggy Frew

Hope Farm, Peggy Frew

Label
Hope Farm
Title
Hope Farm
Statement of responsibility
Peggy Frew
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Language
eng
Summary
"They were inescapable, the tensions of the adult world--the fraught and febrile aura that surrounded Ishtar and those in her orbit, that whined and creaked like a wire pulled too tight." It is the winter of 1985. Hope Farm sticks out of the ragged landscape like a decaying tooth, its weatherboard walls sagging into the undergrowth. Silver's mother, Ishtar, has fallen for the charismatic Miller, and the three of them have moved to the rural hippie commune to make a new start. At Hope, Silver finds unexpected friendship and, at last, a place to call home. But it is also here that, at just thirteen, she is thrust into an unrelenting adult world--and the walls begin to come tumbling down, with deadly consequences."--Back cover
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Award
Barbara Jefferis Award, 2016
Review
A hippie commune called Hope Farm offers neither hope nor farming to its bedraggled residents. "The crops had failed, the goats were gone, the compost was rotten, but still they stayed, these people. I suppose they had nowhere better to go. It was the eighties—they were a dying breed." Frew's (House of Sticks, 2011) second novel is an Australian cousin of T.C. Boyle's Drop City, Lauren Groff's Arcadia, and other novels about the failures of communal living, with additional connections to Esther Freud's Hideous Kinky and Ian McEwan's Atonement. The book follows two narrative paths in parallel. One is the unedited journal of a sexually abused teenager who becomes pregnant and is shipped off by her parents to have her baby in secret and give it up for adoption. She decides she's not going to do it and fortunately has kept the number of a woman she met in a park who told her to call for help anytime. Taken in by this woman and her orange-robed spiritual community, the new mother changes her name and disappears from her old life. The second thread is the story of a 13-year-old girl named Silver and her young, beautiful mother, Ishtar. "It's hard to remember much from before Hope," Silver explains. "We lived in so many places—and in my memory they've merged to form a kind of hazy, overlapping backdrop." Every time her mother gets a new boyfriend, they're off to another ramshackle setup, but this time, Ishtar says, they'll move on by themselves, leaving for an adventure overseas. Then along comes a man named Miller, and Ishtar is swept up in yet another short-lived sexual swoon. Hope Farm is where Silver's patience with her mother runs out, with explosive results. The aching loneliness of almost every character is subtly and movingly depicted as generations of weak parenting and secrecy take their toll. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2019)
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10466696
Cataloging source
YDX
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Frew, Peggy
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Mothers and daughters
  • Communal living
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Hope Farm, Peggy Frew
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1089617267
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9781947534728
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089617267
Label
Hope Farm, Peggy Frew
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1089617267
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9781947534728
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089617267

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