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The Point

The Point

Author(s): Marion Halligan

Location(s): Canberra

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): early 2000s

Themes of destruction, loss, and desire are explored in this intricately crafted novel. On a cliff overlooking a scenic lake and city skyline rises an elegant glass confection that is home to the best restaurant in town—The Point. Here, in lamp-lit art deco splendor, the city’s elite come to dine on the delicious concoctions of its celebrated chef. Nearby, in a ferry shelter that no ferry has ever visited, Clovis, an elderly homeless man befriends Gwenyth, a young heroin addict. Clovis and Gwenyth are not part of life inside the posh restaurant—until a man is brutally murdered and the paths of the “haves” and the “have-nots” cross. This entrancing book goes much deeper than surface perceptions, revealing the complexities of human relationships.

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