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by Marchetta, Melina

A literary family drama from one of Australia's most beloved writers.

When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. Two years later, Rosie returns to the house and living there is Martha, whom Seb Gennaro married less than a year after the death of Rosie's mother. Martha is struggling to fulfill Seb's dream, while Rosie is coming to terms with new responsibilities. And so begins a stand-off between two women who refuse to move out of the home they both lay claim to.

As the battle lines are drawn, Jimmy Hailler re-enters Rosie's life. Having always watched other families from the perimeters, he's now grappling, heartbreakingly, with forming one of his own...

An unforgettable story about losing love and finding love; about the interconnectedness of lives and the true nature of belonging.

Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's most beloved writers. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper's Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Lit Award, NSW Premier's Lit Award, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

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Review from Emily May, a hugely influential Goodreads reviewer with 200,000 followers. She rarely gives five-star reviews, but she gave one to THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE, and said: "The Place on what happens when someone who is smart and intuitive about human nature and the nuances of relationships also happens to be an amazing writer. Marchetta just knows how to get under your skin, how to elicit emotions without being over-sentimental or trite. She writes deep painful emotions, creates a sharp sense of loneliness, out of the most simple of encounters and interactions."

Quote: Emily May

I had high expectations going in to The Place on Dalhousie, yet, even though I fully expected to love it, somehow I was still surprised by how very much I adored it this wonderful, big-hearted book. It gave me everything I have come to expect from Melina Marchetta - an emotionally rich story full of deeply flawed and completely lovable characters, a plot that revolves in and around a complicated family history, and more than a few moments that were so utterly heartwarming/heartbreaking I had to stop reading to hug the book/blink away a few tears.

Quote: Sarah McDuling, Honey

A rich family saga full of bold and complex characters, it's no wonder that Melina is so beloved by her readers - this book is just wonderful. If you've never read a Melina Marchetta novel, this is the perfect place to start.

Review: Angus & Robertson (staff review)

Melina Marchetta's new book, The Place on Dalhousie, is funny, sad and wonderful. A tale full of heart that is as much about what separates us as what draws us together. Storytelling at its best and purest, casually, breezily told, yet wielding immense emotional power - I loved it.

Review: Better Reading

The Place on Dalhousie is a novel that handles a lot of different topics with a deft touch. There are: secrets, forging connections, grief, loss, friendship, and identity, and Marchetta packs a lot into this easy, breezy read. The Place on Dalhousie ultimately makes you want to pop around to your neighbours for a tea and a biscuit, so that you can all bond over your deepest and darkest.

Review: The AU Review

A deliciously engaging exploration of love, parenthood and belonging, The Place on Dalhousie charts familiar fictional territory, but Melina Marchetta's inimitable artistry elevates the novel far beyond the sum of its parts into one of my favourite books of the year.

Quote: Simon McDonald, Potts Point Bookshop

Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's finest storytellers, no matter what genre she turns her hand to. This is a story about the families we are born into and the families we create. Marchetta's characters are flawed yet loveable and beautifully drawn.

Review: Librarians' Choice (April 2019 Favorite Pick)

"With The Place on Dalhousie, Marchetta proves she is one of our best writers of contemporary human drama and one of Australia's finest crafters of character and dialogue....Marchetta's work radiates hope, emphasising the ability of people to connect and to change themselves and the lives of others in true and meaningful ways.

Review: Readings

The Place on Dalhousie is a big-hearted book that addresses grief, new motherhood and finding and defining your own family. It is bound to be loved by long-time fans of Marchetta's and of authors such as Alice Hoffman and Sonya?Hartnett.

Quote: Ellen Cregan, Books+Publishing

Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta moves into contemporary adult fiction with this nuanced and compassionate portrayal of very human emotion. Rosie returns to lay claim to her family home, only to find her grieving, widowed stepmother securely ensconced and very reluctant to give it up. We loved this for its empathetic depictions of women of many ages and the tensions and subtleties of their relationships to one another.

Review: Readings Blog: "Favorite female protagonists"

A beguiling story of loneliness and connection, of home, of family and friendship, of belonging, The Place on Dalhousie is a captivating novel [.] I was smiling so widely during the last chapter my cheeks hurt.

Review: Book'd Out

Marchetta cleaves to nostalgia and serendipity in a manner that is more admissible in adolescent literature, but she also retains those formative reading experiences' pure pleasures: page-turning compulsion, cathartic sentimentality and the satisfaction of hopeful endings so rarely bestowed in the adult world.

Review: The Saturday Paper

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