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When his troubled sister’s baby is born, in a shabby caravan at a remote beach park, he is not like other babies. Not the kind of baby anyone expected: startling in his otherness. But one the family will try to protect and love and accept.
The Fish is central in the life of the young narrator as he tries to make sense of his family and its confusing secrets and shame, and to find his own way in the world.
Lloyd Jones brings his unique lyrical style to this mesmerising and tender story of family bonds, both strained and strengthened by tragedy.
‘As compelling as a fairytale—beautiful, shocking and profound.’
‘The puzzle of where the human essence lies and is shared is implicit in Jones’ dark parable.’
‘Storytelling, imagination, courage, beauty, memories and sudden violence are the main elements of this extraordinary book.’
‘New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones is a master storyteller …’