Today, I’ve got a couple of posts for you. I want to first introduce y’all to Dean Mayes and his book, Gifts of the Peramangk. Check back later on today for some thoughts. First, take a look at what the book is about and the author behind it…


GiftsDean Mayes’ new novel, Gifts of the Peramangk, delves into the far reaching effects of the White Australia Policy and the ramifications for one family

Delta, BC – Central Avenue Publishing is extremely pleased to present the second novel by Adelaide

Author Dean Mayes. Gifts of the Peramangk is both heart wrenching and heart warming – exploring the effects of the White Australia Policy on the generations of one family. The protagonist of the story is Virginia Crammond, a young girl taken from her happy home at the height of the Policy in the 1950s.

Set to work on a remote outback station, she suffers through back-breaking work and abuse. Her only solace is the violin, taught to her by the station owner’s kind hearted wife. But her talent cannot save her from a lifetime of hardship. Decades later, amidst poverty and dysfunction, Virginia’s granddaughter Ruby plays the violin with the same passion that Virginia once possessed, only now, Ruby’s given a unique chance to escape her circumstance.

Set in and amongst several popular Adelaide locales and landmarks, Gifts of the Peramangk is an exploration of race relations and the dysfunction caused by one of the darkest times in Australia’s history.

“Dean Mayes has been a pivotal writer for our press,” says Michelle Halket, Creative Director of Central Avenue Publishing. “His first book was one of our early bestsellers. Dean has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of music, blend it with resonant characters and wrap it all up in a unique and ethereal literary style. Readers respond passionately to his writing.”

Gifts of the Peramangk is available in both print and digital editions and will be available worldwide on October 26, 2012.

Central Avenue Publishing is also the publisher of the internationally acclaimed and widely followed I WROTE THIS FOR YOU project – a poetry and photography blog with tens of thousands of followers.

About Central Avenue Publishing: Central Avenue is an independent press based in Delta, Canada, featuring writers of original fiction, poetry and selected non fiction across several genres.

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