Divine Wind by Garry Disher

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Friendship is a slippery notion. We lose friends as we change and our friends don’t, or as we form other alliances, or as we betray our friends or are ourselves betrayed…

In the pearling town of Broome, against the backdrop of World War II, a young man and a young woman fall in love. Hart is the son of a pearling master, Mitsy the daughter of a Japanese diver. Can their love survive as Japan enters the War and Mitsy encounters prejudice and hate?

In this beautifully written novel, Garry Disher evokes a war-devastated Australia and its effects on young adults forced to leave their childhood behind.

About Garry Disher

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Garry Disher is one of Australia's best-known novelists. He's published over 40 books in a range of genres, including crime, children's books, and Australian history. His Hal Challis series is also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne.

Author Residence: Melbourne, Australia
Published January 1, 2001 by Hodder Children's Books. 157 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Disher (The Bamboo Flute) does a superb job of recreating the tensions of the period, the central bond between Hart and Mitsy feels flimsy, more stated than demonstrated, and Mitsy herself doesn't come to life.

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