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ISBN: 9781925164404
Dimensions: B+ Format: 20.5x13.8cm
Pages: 340
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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The Hope Fault

Written by Tracy Farr


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Iris’s family – her ex-husband with his new wife and baby; her son, and her best friend’s daughter – gather to pack up their holiday house. They are there for one last time, one last weekend, and one last party – but in the course of this weekend, their connections will be affirmed, and their frailties and secrets revealed – to the reader at least, if not to each other.

The Hope Fault is a novel about extended family: about steps and exes and fairy godmothers; about parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.


The Hope Fault brilliantly captures both the prickly detail and the slow geological shifts of family life. An intricate, intimate novel – and utterly humane.’ Anna Smaill

‘This intricately stitched story, with its exquisite patterns and refrains, casts a spell over the reader. I wanted to stay wrapped in that house by the sea with that flawed family making magic and meaning from the vagaries of the weather, the landscape, and their own hearts.’ Myfanwy Jones

‘As the family goes over its history we witness the intimacy of domestic life, its fluid ecosystems and ultimate acceptance. This second novel by Tracy Farr is a quiet morning; it is coffee brewing in the kitchen and nestling under blankets.’ Books+Publishing

The Hope Fault is a uniquely crafted novel that interweaves the intimate and the remote, and beautifully captures the shifts, faults and nuances of a large family.’ Subiaco Post

‘… a compassionate and affecting novel that explores the play between our internal and external lives … Farr’s writing is the gingerbread house that makes us forget time, or rather experience time in a different way.’ Pantograph Punch

‘This is an accomplished, immersive, moving book. Highly recommended.’ The Listener

Farr’s prose is beautiful, her imagery evocative without being overdone.’ Incredible Rambling Elimy

‘[A] warm exploration of extended family …’ Readings Monthly

‘The minutiae and messiness of family life as it comes together and unravels time and time again are delicately rendered in Tracy Farr’s second novel …’ Australian Book Review

‘… a beautiful work of literary fiction … the writing is stunning, the circumstances intriguing and the backstory appealing.’ Marie Mclean

‘… a beautifully written story.’ Revive Magazine

‘Farr’s language is intensely visceral, evocative, and engaging … a layered and well-crafted novel.’ Her Canberra

‘… The Hope Fault is one of those rare novels where new significance is taken from each reading.’ Westerly Magazine


Pages: 340
Publication Year: 2017
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781925164404
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Tracy Farr

Tracy Farr is a novelist, short story writer, and former research scientist. She grew up in Perth, and has degrees in Science and Arts from the University of Western Australia. Since 1996 she’s lived in Wellington, New Zealand. Tracy’s debut novel was The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies […]