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Bridging the distance

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September 2006, no. 284

Border Street by Suzanne Leal

Scribe, $32.95 pb, 336 pp

Bridging the distance

by
September 2006, no. 284

Halfway through Border Street, an ageing Holocaust survivor describes a night spent standing in the snow at Dachau. His companion, a young Australian woman desperate to understand what he has been through, tries to simulate his ordeal: she wades waist-deep into the winter surf and is shocked by the terrible cold. It is a futile, melodramatic gesture, but a touching one as well; here and throughout this quietly affecting first novel, Suzanne Leal explores the limits of human sympathy with compassion, understatement and tender humour.

Denise O’Dea reviews ‘Border Street’ by Suzanne Leal

Border Street

by Suzanne Leal

Scribe, $32.95 pb, 336 pp

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