The Australia Stories by Todd Pierce
A Novel

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Haunted by the deaths of his mother and grandmother, both of whom perished while hiking through Australia’s Blue Mountains, Sam Browne returns to the country of his mother’s birth in search of his family’s history and a way to make a place for himself within it.
By reading his grandmother’s memoirs, Sam begins to connect to his family’s ancestral home and understand the reasons that she and her daughter after her were so drawn to the Australian landscape and the mystery found there.
 

About Todd Pierce

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Todd James Pierce is assistant professor of English at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He is the author of the novel The Australia Stories, and coauthor of the textbook Behind the Short Story: From First to Final Draft.
 
Published July 26, 2009 by MP Publishing Limited. 223 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Years later, after Sam marries and divorces in far off Los Angeles, he returns to Australia, where he’ll find a new love interest, though “on that day, I understood my sadness was not ending, but beginning, which was something I had not known until just then.” What follows—or precedes, really—is ...

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Pierce uses a family's intriguing history to produce a thoughtful, evocative portrait of Australia in this compelling first novel consisting of a collection of semi-autobiographical interlockin

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"Smoke" is a touching tale about Sam's failing marriage to Taylor, a driven, yuppie accountant, while "The Letter" brings Sam's grandmother back into the picture when he and Taylor discover one of her old manuscript collections of essays.

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