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Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir

Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir

A Family Memoir

by Kristina Olsson
Paperback
Publication Date: 20/03/2013
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize

Kristina Olsson's mother lost her infant son, Peter, when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950. Yvonne was young and frightened, trying to escape a brutal marriage, but despite the violence and cruelty she'd endured, she was not prepared for this final blow, this breathtaking punishment. Yvonne would not see her son again for nearly forty years.

Kristina was the first child of her mother's subsequent, much gentler marriage and, like her siblings, grew up unaware of the reasons behind her mother's sorrow, though Peter's absence resounded through the family, marking each one. Yvonne dreamt of her son by day and by night, while Peter grew up a thousand miles and a lifetime away, dreaming of his missing mother.

Boy, Lost tells how their lives proceeded from that shattering moment, the grief and shame that stalked them, what they lost and what they salvaged. But it is also the story of a family, the cascade of grief and guilt through generations, and the endurance of memory and faith.

ISBN:
9780702249532
9780702249532
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20-03-2013
Publisher:
University of Queensland Press
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
264
Dimensions (mm):
228x154x19mm
Weight:
0.32kg
Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir won the 2014 Kibble Literary Award, the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the 2013 Queensland Literary Award and the 2014 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Award.

It was shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize, the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the 2013 Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award. Her other works include the biography, Kilroy Was Here, and novels In One Skin and The China Garden

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