October 26, 2012 marks the release of Dean Mayes’ highly anticipated new book, Gifts of the Peramangk. Set in Adelaide in both the 1950s and present day, it is an intergenerational introspective into the effects of one of the darkest periods in Australia’s history, The White Australia Policy. As a family deals with the hand it has been dealt, it also has to come to grips with the fact that their 8 year old is a violin prodigy. Guided by her grandmother’s frail hand, Ruby Delfey is a strong, intelligent girl bearing the weight of generations of hardship and poverty. She pours herself into her music, and a chance meeting could mean a change in direction for her life – if she is given the opportunity to follow through. Dean’s novel is a testament to the redemptive power of music, the prevalence of racism throughout the world and the true meaning of family and love.
Dean Mayes has been writing his entire life and had his first novel published in 2010 by us. The Hambledown Dream met with international acclaim and welcome. We’re proud to present Dean’s new novel and we know you’ll love it. Find out more about him at his blog.
Gifts of the Peramangk is available in both print and digital editions.