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10th July 2018



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The Hope Fault

Author Tracy Farr


The Hope Fault is a novel about extended family: about steps and exes and fairy godmothers; about parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.

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The Hope Fault is a novel about extended family: about steps and exes and fairy godmothers; about parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.

In the fictional town of Cassetown, Geologue Bay, in the south-west of Australia, Iris and her extended family – her ex-husband with his new wife and baby; her son and her best friend’s daughter – gather to pack up the soon-to-be-sold family home. In the course of this weekend, their connections will be affirmed, and their frailties and secrets revealed – at least to the reader, if not to each other

‘Tracy Farr’s quietly brilliant second novel … is an accomplished, immersive, moving book. Highly recommended’ New Zealand Listener
The Hope Fault brilliantly captures both the prickly detail and the slow geological shifts of family life. An intricate, intimate novel – and utterly humane.’ Anna Smaill
‘Beautifully restrained … I recommend it highly. It is smart writing, it’s thoughtful and nuanced. It’s respectful of the reader, it lets you fill in the gaps, and it lets you leave gaps unfilled … It feels very much like home.’ Radio New Zealand
‘This intricately stitched story, with its exquisite patterns and refrains, casts a spell over the reader. I wanted to stay wrapped in that house by the sea with that flawed family making magic and meaning from the vagaries of the weather, the landscape, and their own hearts.’ Myfanwy Jones, author of Leap
‘… a compassionate and affecting novel that explores the play between our internal and external lives … Farr’s writing is the gingerbread house that makes us forget time, or rather experience time in a different way.’ The Pantograph Punch
The Hope Fault is one of those rare novels where new significance is taken from each reading.’ Westerly Magazine
‘With its forgiving examination of relationships, The Hope Fault is a book for parents and unconventional families’ Books+Publishing
‘The minutiae and messiness of family life as it comes together and unravels time and time again are delicately rendered in Tracy Farr’s second novel, The Hope Fault. The unrelenting rain that forms the lugubrious backdrop for much of the novel conjures up the same rich, atmospheric setting of the late Georgia Blain’s Between a Wolf and a Dog (2016)’ Australian Book Review
The Hope Fault is a uniquely crafted novel that interweaves the intimate and the remote, and beautifully captures the shifts, faults and nuances of a large family.’ The Post
Bonus Material
The Hope Fault: Notes, Resources and References
Tracy Farr

Meet the author

Tracy Farr is a writer and former research scientist. Her debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, as well as shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and the 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award. Her second novel is The…

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