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Moonlight and the pearler's daughter / Lizzie Pook.

Pook, Lizzie, (author.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

4 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library POO (Text) 33500013618921 New Checked out 07/09/2022
Twin Valley LINK Site POO (Text) 33500013618939 New Checked out 07/12/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982180492
  • ISBN: 1982180498
  • ISBN: 9781982180508
  • ISBN: 1982180501
  • Physical Description: 274 pages : maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Maps on endpapers.
Summary, etc.:
"Western Australia, 1886. After months at sea, a slow boat makes its passage from London to the shores of Bannin Bay. The sea is a shocking blue, and gulls float above battered mangrove jetties. From the deck, young Eliza Brightwell and her family eye their strange new home. Here is an unforgiving land where fortune sits patiently at the bottom of the ocean. A land where pearl shells bloom to the size of soup plates. Where men are coaxed into unthinkable places and unspeakable acts by the promise of unimaginable riches. Ten years later, the pearl-diving boat captained by Eliza's eccentric father returns after months at sea--without Eliza's father on it. Whispers from the townsfolk point to mutiny or murder. Headstrong Eliza knows it is up to her to discover who, or what, is really responsible. As she searches for the truth, delving beneath the glamorous veneer of south sea pearls, Eliza discovers that, underneath it all, lies a town of sweltering, stinking decay. The sun-scorched streets of Bannin Bay, a place she once thought she knew so well, are teeming with corruption, prejudice and blackmail. How far is Eliza willing to push herself in order to solve the mystery and save the ones she loves? And what family secrets will come to haunt her along the way?"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* Men who go down to the sea in ships do not always return. Such is the case of Charles Brightwell, who has fled poverty in London with his wife and children to follow his brother to Western Australia, where untold riches await him as a master pearler. But when Brightwell's ship pulls into port without him after a pearl harvest, his daughter, Eliza, refuses to accept his disappearance. Perhaps an accident has left him adrift in the violent ocean? Could he have been murdered by an Aboriginal crew member? Or is there another reason for his absence, one that alludes to the corruption and blackmail rife throughout Bannin Bay? The social values of the late-nineteenth century make it nearly impossible for a woman to try to solve such mysteries on her own, but Eliza has experienced too many losses in her young life to accept another. With the spirited Eliza at its heart, Pook's evocative debut novel spins a tale of intrigue and deception with a deft combination of gripping pacing and emotional restraint. Travel writer and journalist Pook's heightened observational skills are well employed in this lavish tableau showcasing Australia's vast and exotic natural treasures and fraught history. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* Men who go down to the sea in ships do not always return. Such is the case of Charles Brightwell, who has fled poverty in London with his wife and children to follow his brother to Western Australia, where untold riches await him as a master pearler. But when Brightwell's ship pulls into port without him after a pearl harvest, his daughter, Eliza, refuses to accept his disappearance. Perhaps an accident has left him adrift in the violent ocean? Could he have been murdered by an Aboriginal crew member? Or is there another reason for his absence, one that alludes to the corruption and blackmail rife throughout Bannin Bay? The social values of the late-nineteenth century make it nearly impossible for a woman to try to solve such mysteries on her own, but Eliza has experienced too many losses in her young life to accept another. With the spirited Eliza at its heart, Pook's evocative debut novel spins a tale of intrigue and deception with a deft combination of gripping pacing and emotional restraint. Travel writer and journalist Pook's heightened observational skills are well employed in this lavish tableau showcasing Australia's vast and exotic natural treasures and fraught history. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lizzie Pook is a London-based travel writer and journalist whose work has taken her to some of the farthest-flung parts of the planet, from the trans-Himalayas—in search of elusive snow leopards—to the vast, uninhabited east coast of Greenland. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times (London), The Evening Standard, and Stylist. Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is her first novel.

Subject: Pearl divers > Fiction.
Pearl industry and trade > Fiction.
Missing persons > Fiction.
Western Australia > History > 19th century > Fiction.
FICTION / Action & Adventure.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Sea fiction.
Fictional Work
Action and adventure fiction.
Novels.
Sea fiction.
Novels.

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