The Slow Natives

Thea Astley

The Slow Natives
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The Slow Natives

Thea Astley

Thea Astley is in top form in this 1965 Miles Franklin Award winner.

‘If one saw behind the faces into the hearts, one would die.’

A suburban couple have drifted into the shallows of middle-aged boredom. Their fourteen-year-old son is a stranger, meeting their attempts at love with hostile indifference. Surly at home, he is a dab hand at shoplifting and looks like sliding into delinquency.

Moving from Brisbane to a country convent and the Gold Coast, the novel is a brilliant, witty portrait of the surface of ordinary life. The Leverson family and their connections appear normal but desire and inner emotion are never quite so simple.

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