Hare’s Fur

Hare's Fur

by Trevor Shearston

Published by: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd

288 pages, 5.80 x 8.30 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781950354122
  • Published: July 2020


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A jewel-like novel about an old man living in the mountains who comes across three runaway kids.

Russell Bass is a potter living on the edge of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. His wife has been dead less than a year and, although he has a few close friends, he is living a mostly solitary life. Each month he hikes into the valley below his house to collect rock for glazes from a remote creek bed. One autumn morning, he finds a chocolate wrapper on the path. His curiosity leads him to a cave where three siblings—two young children and a teenage girl—are camped out, hiding from child services and the police.

Although they bolt at first, Russell slowly gains their trust, and, little by little, this unlikely group of outsiders begin to form a fragile bond.

In shimmering prose that captures the feel of hands on clay and the smell of cold rainforest as vividly as it does the minute twists and turns of human relationships, Hare’s Fur tells an exquisite story of grief, kindness, art, and the transformation that can grow from the seeds of trust.