Dirt Music (Paperback)

By Tim Winton

Scribner Book Company, 9780743228480, 416pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/1/2002)
Compact Disc (1/1/2004)
MP3 CD (12/1/2015)
Paperback (2/1/2012)
MP3 CD (1/1/2005)
Audio Cassette (1/1/2004)
MP3 CD (6/11/2012)
Compact Disc (6/11/2012)
MP3 CD (6/11/2012)
Compact Disc (6/11/2012)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (3/1/2009)

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Winner of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Christina Stead Award, WA Premier's Book of the Year, Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award, Goodreading Award-Readers Choice Book of the Year

Set in the dramatic landscape of Western Australia, Dirt Music tells the story of Luther Fox, a broken man who makes his living as an illegal fisherman--a shamateur. Before everyone in his family was killed in a freak rollover, Fox grew melons and counted stars and loved playing his guitar. Now, his life has become a "project of forgetting." Not until he meets Georgie Jutland, the wife of White Point's most prosperous fisherman, does Fox begin to dream again and hear the dirt music--"anything you can play on a verandah or porch," he tells Georgie, "without electricity." Like the beat of a barren heart, nature is never silent. Ambitious and perfectly calibrated, Dirt Music resonates with suspense, emotion, and timeless truths.

Praise For Dirt Music

Jeffrey Lent author of In the Fall Dirt Music strikes with the force of a full-blown natural catastrophe -- an intricately layered and impeccably executed novel that begins with a woman torn for the love of two men but escalates effortlessly into an examination of the central questions of human existence. The genius of Tim Winton is that for all of this he never loses his pacing, and the story lodges deeply within the reader. Dirt Music is that rare and wondrous thing -- a novel that is impossible to put down and yet one read slowly for the diamond brilliance of each sentence. My hands were shaking when it finally came to an end.

Gretel Erlich author of The Solace of Open Spaces Dirt Music plunges the reader straight into small-town life in Western Australia, where we find ourselves at once adrift and percussed by the tidal movements of love. Winton's prose has a shocking veracity, and a velocity that is intoxicating to behold.