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2021 - Shortlisted
Cherry Beach is a moving coming-of-age novel that explores the powerful friendship between two young women, Ness and Hetty, who leave Melbourne to live abroad. The novel charts the unravelling of their friendship over a period of months, as Hetty becomes increasingly unstable, and Ness is overwhelmed by a love for Hetty that she struggles to acknowledge. A novel of sure and accurate brush strokes, Cherry Beach is remarkable for its distinctive authorial voice and the poetic precision of its language.