Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743234412, 432pp.
Publication Date: June 6, 2002
Hailed as a classic, Tim Winton's masterful family saga is both a paean to working-class Australians and an unflinching examination of the human heart's capacity for sorrow, joy, and endless gradations in between. An award-winning work, Cloudstreet exemplifies the brilliant ability of fiction to captivate and inspire.
Struggling to rebuild their lives after being touched by disaster, the Pickle family, who've inherited a big house called Cloudstreet in a suburb of Perth, take in the God-fearing Lambs as tenants. The Lambs have suffered their own catastrophes, and determined to survive, they open up a grocery on the ground floor. From 1944 to 1964, the shared experiences of the two overpopulated clans -- running the gamut from drunkenness, adultery, and death to resurrection, marriage, and birth -- bond them to each other and to the bustling, haunted house in ways no one could have anticipated.
Carolyn See Los Angeles Times Book Review Winton is a one-man band of genius.
Andrew Yule Time Out Nothing short of magnificent...a wonderful read.
Elizabeth Ward The Washington Post Cloudstreet gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class australians the way joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century dubliner...people get up from where they have fallen, they try, they keep on. above all, they laugh at themselves, sometimes bitterly, but much more often riotously.