No More Boats

No More Boats

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A "timely and powerful" novel that provides "a haunting and compassionate consideration of the question of who can and cannot come into a country" (Publishers Weekly).

Set in Sydney's working-class western suburbs, No More Boats tells of a family whose unraveling lives collide with a refugee crisis known as the Tampa Affair, when over four hundred refugees were left stranded fifteen miles off the Australian coast.
The story revolves around Antonio, an Italian immigrant, his wife, Rose, with a rich back story of her own, and their two children, Nico and Clare--both, in their owns ways, drifting. After a job-related accident forces him into early retirement and the familiar scaffolding of work, family, the immigrant's dream of betterment, is removed from his life, Antonio's mind begins to fragment. Manipulated by the media and made vulnerable by his feeling of irrelevance, Antonio commits an act that makes him a lightning rod for the factions that are bitterly at odds over the Tampa Affair . . .
A finalist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2018, No More Boats is not only a riveting story of a modern family; it also directly addresses issues that many nations are grappling with--immigration, xenophobia, protectionism, racism, media manipulation, and the precariousness of the working poor--and is "full of timely lessons for those pondering the rise of me-first nationalism throughout the world" (Kirkus Reviews).