After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and - until God seems to turn his back on their boy Fish - religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords.
Chance, hardship and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives.
'This is that rare book, a novel of both heart and intellect. It pulses with a sense of wonder and shines with the clear light of truth.' Robert Drewe
'One of the great masterpieces of world fiction.' Philip Hensher
'If you have not read Cloudstreet, your life is diminished . . . if you have not met these characters, this generous community, these tragedies, the humour. It is so wonderful.' Mem Fox
'Cloudstreet is a comic, poignant and intelligent tour de force.' Jim Crace
'A groundbreaking Australian narrative with an irresistible combination of the domestic and the mythic.' Thomas Keneally
'Reading Cloudstreet for the first time was like a summer dream from which I wished never to wake.' Gillian Mears
'Cloudstreet is the sole epic of contemporary Australian literature- in it, Winton paints on the same canvas as Xavier Herbert and Patrick White.' Geordie Williamson
'A writer of tremendous zest, warmth and humour.' Graham Swift
'Reading Cloudstreet is like catching a wave.' Kate Jennings
'Eccentric heights and unrepeatable genius.' Malcolm Knox