Sarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

Book - 2012
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When The Secret River, a novel about frontier violence in early Australia, appeared in 2005, it became an immediate bestseller--but it also caused controversy for its unflinching look at Australia's history. It has since been published all over the world and translated into twenty languages. The follow-up novel, The Lieutenant, continued Grenville's exploration of the story of first settlement and once again caused controversy in her homeland. Now Sarah Thornhill brings the trilogy to an emotionally explosive conclusion.

Sarah is the youngest daughter of William Thornhill, the pioneer at the centre of The Secret River. Unknown to her, her father--an illiterate ex-convict from London--has built his fortune on the blood of Aboriginal people. With a fine stone house and plenty of money, Thornhill is a man who's reinvented himself. As he tells his daughter, he "never looks back," and Sarah grows up learning not to ask about the past. Instead, her eyes are on handsome Jack Langland, whom she's loved since she was a child. Their romance seems idyllic, destined, but the ugly secret in Sarah's family is poised to ambush both of them.

With Sarah Thornhill, Grenville uses family history to tell a story about the past that's also about the present and its dilemmas. Driven by the captivating voice of the illiterate Sarah--at once headstrong, sympathetic, curious and refreshingly honest--this is an unforgettable portrait of a strong and passionate woman caught up in a historical moment that has left an indelible mark on the present.

Publisher: Toronto : Harper Publishers, 2012
Edition: Original trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781443410342
Branch Call Number: F GRE
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm

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martins_mom Sep 15, 2015

I read Grenville's "Secret River" some time ago, and was enthralled with this sequel. Her writing is rich is description and characterization.

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empbee
Nov 24, 2014

When is the movie coming? The book begs for it to be made.

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uncommonreader
Oct 28, 2013

This novel is a sequel to "Secret River" and completes the trilogy that includes "The Lieutenant". It tells the story of Sarah Thornhill, the daughter of William Thornhill of "Secret River". Sarah does not know of her father's past actions which have been kept secret and are revealed to her only just before her father's death. The book is less successful than "Secret River" but is nevertheless a good and important story about a dark part of Australia's history that continues to the present day in that society's treatment of aborigines. The book is really a kind of atonement.

Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

Every novel I read by Kate Grenville confirms her as a wonderful writer. Sarah Thornhill's story begins as a child, the youngest child of William Thornhill. William came to Australia as a convict, but worked hard and became a landowner, with a nice house on the Hawkesbury River. Sarah isn't a demure girl, but one who rides horses, loves spending time outdoors, and asks questions when she wants to know things. She is close to her oldest brother Will, and his friend Jack Langland. Jack is someone Sarah has had strong feelings for since she was a child, and intends to marry one day. Jack appears to have strong feelings for her as well. But Sarah's father has a secret, and when Sarah makes her intentions known, this secret is revealed to Jack with devastating results.
Bereft by the loss of Jack, Sarah finds herself a new life, but when the past returns years later, she must face her family's history.
A novel of race, family, and Australian history, this is a tale that shows the best and the worst. Sarah is a young woman with a strong will and a strong sense of self. Her story shows her character growth.

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allison2
Sep 10, 2011

Absolutely loved it!

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