The coast /Published by : Allen & Unwin, (Crows Nest, NSW :) , 2022 Physical details: 319 pages ; 23 cm. ISBN:9781760879402.
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Includes bibliographical references.
"Alice is only nine years old in 1910 when she is sent to the feared Coast Hospital Lazaret at Little Bay in Sydney, a veritable prison where more patients are admitted than will ever leave. She is told that she's visiting her mother, who disappeared one day when Alice was two. Once there, Alice learns her mother is suffering from leprosy and that Alice has the same disease. As she grows up, the secluded refuge of the lazaret becomes Alice's entire world, her mother and the other patients and medical staff her only human contact. The patients have access to a private sandstone-edged beach, their own rowboat, a piano and a library of books, but Alice is tired of the smallness of her life and is thrilled by the thought of the outside world. It is only when Guy, a Yuwaalaraay man who fought and was injured in World War I, arrives at The Coast, that Alice begins to experience what she has yearned for, as they become friends and then something deeper." -- Back cover.