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The Mary Smokes boys : a novel, Patrick Holland

Label
The Mary Smokes boys : a novel
Title
The Mary Smokes boys
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Holland
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Grey's mother dies giving birth to his sister Irene and he prays that she will be returned to him so he might protect her from the world as his father did not. This prayer, Grey believes, is answered in his sister Irene. He becomes obsessed with protecting her purity and innocence while befriending the wild boys of the small town of Mary Smokes -- horse-handlers and fox hunters and part-time timber workers -- members of a small, vanishing tribe who find themselves caught between an old relationship with place and a new one that is exemplified by the highway that threatens their town. Holland's kinship with Per Petterson's "Out Stealing Horses" is palpable. "The Mary Smokes Boys" is heart-rending and unforgettable, a suspenseful story of horse thieves and broken promises, of love and tragedy, of the fragility and grace of small town life, and how one fateful moment can forever alter the course of a life
Summary
Grey's mother dies giving birth to his sister Irene and the tragedy haunts his life in the small town of Mary Smokes. Grey prays that his mother will be returned to him in some form, so he might protect her from the world as his father did not. This prayer, Grey believes is answered in his sister Irene. He becomes obsessed with protecting her purity and innocence. Also with his mother gone and his father turned to drink, Grey begins running with the wild boys, horse-handlers and fox hunters and part-time timber workers - members of a small, vanishing tribe who find themselves caught between an old relationship with place and a new one that is exemplified by the highway that threatens their town. A rash gamble by Grey and Irene's broken father means he and the Mary Smokes boys must steal horses to ensure Irene's safety.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
371230
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Holland, Patrick
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.4.H65
LC item number
M37 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Australian fiction
  • Families
  • Grief
  • Brothers and sisters
Target audience
adult
Label
The Mary Smokes boys : a novel, Patrick Holland
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1005505
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
222 pages
Isbn
9780989360401
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013017605
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780989360401
  • (OCoLC)842337653
Label
The Mary Smokes boys : a novel, Patrick Holland
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1005505
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
222 pages
Isbn
9780989360401
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013017605
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780989360401
  • (OCoLC)842337653

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