Thirty-year-old Beth, who grew up in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt is running from her past when she heads to an island in Papua New Guinea. Interwoven with Beth’s narrative about the joys and brutalities of island life is the story of her parent’s passionate, tender love for each other. But Clem and Rose’s union is beset with tragedy, forever marking the lives of those around them.
Shifting between the perspectives of five memorable characters, this ambitious, big-hearted, at times confronting novel heralds an exciting new voice in the Australian literary culture. Above all, Bloodlines asks us to consider what it means to make a home, and what we might we owe to those who dwell in it.