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Toads’ Museum of Freaks and Wonders

In the wake of a thwarted career as a concert pianist and the accompanying emotional fallout, Gin accepts a marriage proposal from the peculiar Mr. Toad. But nothing from the albino Gin Toad’s upbringing in the bourgeois drawing rooms of Perth has prepared her for a hardscrabble existence on a subsistence farm in the Australian outback. In her Wyalkatchem exile, she explores what it means to be a mother and wife, an underappreciated musician, and the town freak. She walks on eggshells to accomodate the cantankerous Toad and comes to accept her life without independence, music, or love--until Antonio arrives. The Italian POWs forced into the Toads’ service change the landscape of Gin’s world. She is haunted by the memory of her first child’s death; Antonio is exiled from a country and family he cherishes, banished to Western Australia while WWII threatens all he holds dear. In their mutual isolation and loss, the growing intimacy between Gin and Antonio becomes their escape from hardship--but will it also be their undoing?

321 pages | 5 x 8

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