The Hope Fault

Iris flicks the car’s headlights on, even though it’s not long past midday. There’s no rain yet, but you can feel it in the air, smell it coming. When they’d left the city that morning, they’d driven three hours south in midwinter sunshine, under skies of unbroken blue. Then just out of Cassetown they drove in under a thick dark cloud that filled the whole of the sky to the south, and turned the day dusk-dark.

In Cassetown, Geologue Bay, Iris and her extended family — her ex-husband and his wife and their new baby; her son and her best friend’s daughter — gather on a midwinter long weekend, to pack up the family holiday house now that it has been sold. They are together for one last time, one last weekend, one last party.

The Hope Fault is a celebration of the everyday complexities of family: aunties and steps and exes, and a baby in need of a name; parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.

It’s about the faultlines that run under the surface, and it’s about anxiety and uncertainty — the unsettling notion that the earth might shift, literally or metaphorically, at any moment. It’s a contemporary novel that plays with time and with ways of telling stories. It finds poetry and beauty in science, and pattern and magic in landscape.

The Hope Fault (Fremantle Press, 2017)
The Hope Fault (Fremantle Press, 2017)
[The Hope Fault] echoes the thoughtfulness of Jessie Cole’s Deeper Water, with its literary reflection on the geography of family, and the way domestic life can be invaded and divided.
— Books+Publishing
Farr uses space, time and sensual experience to pull off some impressive extreme craft sport in this book; the result is a compassionate and affecting novel that explores the play between our internal and external lives.
— Pip Adam in The Pantograph Punch
Tracy Farr’s quietly brilliant second novel … is an accomplished, immersive, moving book. Highly recommended.
— Catherine Robertson in NZ Listener

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Print edition (Aus/NZ) out now

  • The Hope Fault is published in print (Australia, New Zealand) by Fremantle Press (2017), ISBN 9781925164404 (paperback).
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  • The Hope Fault is published in all e-book formats by Fremantle Press (2017).
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