One Would Think The Deep

Young adult fiction author Claire Zorn’s latest offering, released by the University of Queensland Press today, explores complex relationships beside the sea.

It’s 1997 and 17-year-old Sam is reeling from the sudden death of his mum. With nothing but his skateboard and his music, Sam leaves the city to live with his aunty Lorraine and cousins Shane and Minty in their dilapidated beach shack. Sam and Minty were close as kids, until Sam’s mum suddenly cut all ties with the family.

As Sam tries to fit in to the small town, he rekindles his relationship with Minty by following his cousin into the surf. But Sam has a past that he can’t keep hidden, and not even the ocean can quieten the questions swirling through his head. Was his mother keeping secrets from him? Why won’t Aunty Lorraine or Nana tell him who his father is? How can Sam find himself if he doesn’t know who he is?

And as if things weren’t complicated enough, there’s also this girl …

With gritty and realistic dialogue, topical themes of male violence and anger, and an instinctive understanding of what makes teenagers tick, Zorn’s writing is one of a kind. One Would Think The Deep is an extraordinary new work from a young adult genre star.

"Claire Zorn writes about surfers as though she’s locked into their hearts and souls, riding every wave and rush with them. She writes dialogue like she’s been secretly taping the warts and all conversations of real people. This is a beautifully crafted novel about love lost and regained, about families and the secrets that tear them apart, and which finally hold them together."

CLAIRE ZORN lives on the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and two small children. Her first young adult novel, The Sky So Heavy, was a 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book for Older Readers, shortlisted in the 2013 Aurealis Awards for Best Young Adult Novel and shortlisted in the 2014 Inky Awards.

Her second young adult novel, The Protected, won the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction, the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Young Adult Fiction Prize and the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, and was shortlisted in the 2015 Inky Awards.

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Last updated:
2 June 2016