Using his unflinching creative gaze, Tony Birch ponders love, loss, and faith in this short story collection. A trio of amateur thieves is left in charge of a baby moments before a heist. A group of boys compete in the final of a marbles tournament, only to find their biggest challenge was the opponent they didn’t see coming. Two young friends find a submerged car in their local swimming hole and become obsessed by the mystery of the driver’s identity. Across 12 blistering stories, The Promise delivers a sensitive and often humorous take on the lives of those who have loved, lost, and wandered.
University of Queensland Press, 9780702249990, 232pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2014
About the Author
Tony Birch is the author of the short story collection Father’s Day and the novels Shadowboxing and Blood, which was short-listed for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.