That Eye, The Sky: A Novel

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Scribner, Jun 15, 2010 - Fiction - 160 pages
27 Reviews
In this modern Australian classic, award-winning author Tim Winton tells the story of young Ort Flack and his struggle to come to grips with the forces pulling his family apart. An extraordinary snapshot of boyhood, That Eye, the Sky is also a powerful exploration of the nature of hope and faith.

Ort doesn't have a bad life. He mucks around with his best pal, Fat Cherry; he wonders what his sister Tegwyn's so mad about and why his grandma's disappeared inside herself; he looks up at the sky and thinks it's like a big blue eye looking right back at him. But when Dad isn't back from work when he's supposed to be and a strange car pulls into the drive, Ort's life is thrown into turmoil. Suddenly, Mum doesn't seem as strong as she used to, Fat starts saying bad things, and the stranger knocking on the door seems to know an awful lot about the Flacks.

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User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

Gritty, bleak but powerful. Hard reading, I kept thinking c'mon, somebody give this kid a break! Read full review

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User Review  - sisterimapoet - Goodreads

I picked this up from the library. It's been a long time since I read any Tim Winton and I liked it more than I remember liking him in the past - perhaps my tastes have changed. A quirky little novel with odd characters. I had no problem with the areas that Winton left open to interpretation. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Tim Winton grew up on the coast of Western Australia, where he continues to live. He is the author of eighteen books. His epic novel Cloudstreet was adapted for the theater and has been performed around the world. His two most recent novels, Dirt Music and The Riders, were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has won the prestigious Miles Franklin Award three times, and in 1998 the Australian National Trust declared Winton a national living treasure. The Turning has already won the 2005 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

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