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'Cassie Callinan became a dutiful, front-line corporate wife, carefully preserving the safety of the status quo, and her husband's camellias. She has survived the tragedy of losing a child with her marriage intact - or so she thinks. When she discovers she has lost her husband to a younger woman, she panics. What is she supposed to do now? Where can she go? Who is she, without the familiar props of her marriage? Fleeing her own life, Cassie finds herself amongst the eccentric inhabitants of Shearwater, an isolated coastal village. Against her will, she is gradually drawn into the life of the town, with all its dramas, joy and secrets. But then sinister gifts start arriving and it seems someone badly wants her to leave Shearwater. Who? And why? A delicious story of self-discovery that illuminates life's infinite possibilities; a story of love, hope and human frailty that will make you laugh, and cry.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Margie Borden, dearest friend, and for Barrie, who gave me Ben
  • Epigraph: 'A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, he said, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea and we do only be drowned now and again.' John Millington Synge, The Aran Islands
  • Epigraph: '...none of us anywhere near scraping the surface of what we should be crying over.' Cate Kennedy, Sing, and Don't Cry
  • Epigraph: 'Now, in general, STICK TO YOUR BOAT, is your true motto in whaling; but cases will sometimes happen when LEAP FROM THE BOAT, is still better.' - Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2007 .
      Extent: 350p.
      ISBN: 097571843X (pbk.), 9780670070985 (pbk.)

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

Author of the Month : Andrea Mayes Carol George , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , March 2007; (p. 231)
Soapy Sheen to Leading Ladies' Emotional Journeys Bronwyn Rivers , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 April 2007; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel ; Love Like Water Meme McDonald , 2007 single work novel ; The Seamstress Geraldine Wooller , 2007 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 March 2007; (p. 34)

— Review of Bronco, Fi, Maddie and Me Pauline Luke , 2007 single work children's fiction ; Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel
This Week's Selections Tania Bawden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 March 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel
The Characters of Commitment Peter Pierce , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 March 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel ; Four-Cornered Circle Jon Cleary , 2007 single work novel
Untitled Deborah Crabtree , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February vol. 86 no. 6 2007; (p. 40)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel
The Characters of Commitment Peter Pierce , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 March 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel ; Four-Cornered Circle Jon Cleary , 2007 single work novel
This Week's Selections Tania Bawden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 March 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 March 2007; (p. 34)

— Review of Bronco, Fi, Maddie and Me Pauline Luke , 2007 single work children's fiction ; Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel
Soapy Sheen to Leading Ladies' Emotional Journeys Bronwyn Rivers , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 April 2007; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Shearwater Andrea Mayes , 2007 single work novel ; Love Like Water Meme McDonald , 2007 single work novel ; The Seamstress Geraldine Wooller , 2007 single work novel
Author of the Month : Andrea Mayes Carol George , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , March 2007; (p. 231)
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