Bruny by Heather Rose – Our Review
The 2020 ABIA Longlist- General Fiction Book of the Year
Shortlisted for INDIE book awards 2020
Heather Rose’s last novel, ‘The Museum of Modern Love’, set in the art world of New York won the Stella Prize, her last novel Bruny is a loving homage to Tasmania. It is also a political thriller that comes with an ominous warning of sorts for all Australians.
In real life Bruny Island has no bridge connecting it to the mainland, but in Bruny the novel, a monumental suspension bridge is being constructed to span the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to connect the island to the mainland. The bridge, which is being funded with Chinese money, has just experienced a massive underwater bomb blast, seemingly at the hands of locals who do not want their island spoilt by tourism.
This embroils the family at the centre of this book, the close-knit Coleman siblings, one who is the Premier of Tasmania, one who is his main political rival and the third who is a trouble-shooter for the United Nations, in an impossible situation as accusations and conspiracy theories fly.
Heather Rose, with her superb writing manages to hold this ambitious plot together in a highly charged political novel that has chilling implications for us all.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books