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The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson

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July–August 2012, no. 343

The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson

5 Islands Press, $29.95 pb, 165 pp, 9780734047465

The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson

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July–August 2012, no. 343

It is 2050 in Melbourne. The seas have risen, full of accidental genetic mixtures and cloned versions of extinct favourites, while the land is dried out and life is a tense combination of techno-affluence, terror, and normality.

This is the world the characters in Lisa Jacobson’s submarine, emotive verse novel inhabit – almost a dystopia, but not quite. The central character, North, lives a life blighted by the drowning of her sister, Finn, left unwatched while North was distracted by adolescent beach-fumblings. The novel moves with North through the depths of grief and guilt, seeking the light, while the world becomes more and more watery around her.

Peter Kenneally reviews 'The Sunlit Zone' by Lisa Jacobson

The Sunlit Zone

by Lisa Jacobson

5 Islands Press, $29.95 pb, 165 pp, 9780734047465

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