Review: In The Islands, debut author Emily Brugman explores the lives of Finnish migrant families in the 1950s

By Karen Viggers
April 29 2022 - 2:00pm
Author Emily Brugman, inspired by her own family history. Picture: Supplied
  • The Islands, by Emily Brugman. Allen & Unwin, $29.99.

Every now and then, a book stops you because of its difference: an unexpected plot, captivating and convincing characters, or a structure that surprises. Emily Brugman's debut novel, The Islands, delivers on all three. Set on the little-known Abrolhos Islands, offshore from Geraldton, Western Australia, this novel explores the lives of Finnish migrant families who lived and worked on these islands during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.



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