The Paperbark ShoeBook - 2011 | 1st Picador ed
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Albino pianist Gin Boyle marries Mr. Toad and moves to his Australian farm where, with their two children, they are ostracized and mocked by their neighbors. When two Italian prisoners of war are sent to help with the farm, Gin's isolated world is turned topsy turvy. This is a wrenching love stor... Read More »
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The Paperbark Shoe is the unforgettable story of Gin Boyle—an albino, a classically trained pianist, and a woman with a painful past. Disavowed by her wealthy stepfather, her unlikely savior is the farmer Mr. Toad—a little man with a taste for women's corsets. Together with their two children, they weather the hardship of rural life and the mockery of their neighbors. But with the arrival of two Italian prisoners of war, their lives are turned upside down. Thousands of miles from home, Antonio and John find themselves on Mr. and Mrs. Toad's farm, exiles in the company of exiles. The Paperbark Shoe is a remarkable novel about the far-reaching repercussions of war, the subtle violence of displacement, and what it means to live as a captive—in enemy country, and in one's own skin.
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