The Lost Child Suzanne McCourt
Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2015
In the tradition of the novels of Anne Tyler and Eudora Welty, The Lost Child is a beautifully written story about family and identity and growing up. Sylvie is a charming narrator with a big heart and a sharp eye for the comic moment. As the years go by she learns how tiny events can change entire lives, and how leaving might be the only solution when the world will never be the same again.
  • ‘Our narrator (is) reminiscent of Francie Nolan, had Francie lived in southern Australia instead of Brooklyn. The Lost Child…will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the last page.’
    The New York Journal of Books
  • ‘Child narrators can easily become cloying, but debut novelist McCourt steers clear of feyness to produce an account that is notable for its freshness, vividly drawn characters and atmospheric setting.’
    The UK Daily Mail
  • ‘The Lost Child’ is an assured and bittersweet coming-of-age tale with a vivid sense of time and place…The novel is a strong addition to the shelves of Australian literary fiction.’
    Australian Bookseller and Publishing
  • ‘There’s a watchful intensity to McCourt’s writing, a remarkable ability to discover within the most concrete details a rich and raw emotion…a novel that is at once very familiar and entirely fresh.’
    Weekend Australian Review
  • ‘In his scholarly work, ‘The Country of Lost Children’, Peter Pierce presents a detailed analysis of the haunting presence of lost children in the history, art and literature of Australia. Suzanne McCourt’s first novel, ‘The Lost Child’, adds another disturbing narrative to the genre.’
    Carmel Bird, The Guardian
  • ‘Echoes of Tim Winton … plainspoken but deftly crafted, laced with both humour and searing sadness. Highly recommended.’
    NZ Herald
  • ‘[The Lost Child] reminds me of the quality of Ruth Park’s writing in evoking the strengths and weaknesses of a small community…and the tragedies and humour amongst the everyday…A multi-layered novel with symbolism which stays with you after the last page. A significant writer with compassion. Highly recommended for adult and YA readers.’
    Hazel Edwards
  • ‘Suzanne McCourt has with great empathy and skill created the turmoil in the mind of a little girl…a haunting story, it also demonstrates the power of the human psyche to overcome past difficulties and find ways to fully live.’
    Otago Daily Times
  • ‘…in portraying nature…McCourt’s writing is at its most fluent…she depicts the Coorong with the eye of a painter and poet…’
    Australian Book Review
  • ‘Written in beautiful, slow prose…This is a promising debut…You can’t help but be keen to see what she does next.’
    Adelaide Advertiser

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