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Breath

A Novel

Tim Winton

Picador

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

In Breath, Tim Winton, evokes an adolescence spent resisting complacency, testing one’s limits against nature, finding like-minded souls, and discovering just how far one breath will take you. It is a story of extremes—extreme sports and extreme emotions.
 
On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrill-seeking and barely adolescent boys fall into the enigmatic thrall of veteran big-wave surfer Sando. Together they form an odd but elite trio. The grown man initiates the boys into a kind of Spartan ethos, a regimen of risk and challenge, where they test themselves in storm swells on remote and shark-infested reefs, pushing each other to the edges of endurance, courage, and sanity. But where is all this heading?  Their mentor’s past is forbidden territory and his American wife’s peculiar behavior indicates an unknown illness, possibly physical or mental.  Venturing beyond all limits—in relationships, in physical challenge, and in sexual behavior—there is a point where oblivion is the only outcome. Winton’s talent for conveying physical sensation, Breath is a lyrical and atmospheric coming-of-age tale from one of Australian literature’s finest storytellers.

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We come sweeping up the tree-lined boulevard with siren and lights and when the GPS urges us to make the next left we take it so fast that all the gear slams and sways inside the vehicle. I don’t say a thing. Down the dark suburban street I can see the house lit like a cruise ship.
Got it, she says before I can point it out.
Feel free to slow down.
Making you nervous, Bruce?
Something like that, I murmur.
But the fact is I feel brilliant. This is when I feel good, when the nerve-ends are singing, the gut tight with anticipation. It’s been a long, slow shift and there’s
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Praise for Breath

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN ECONOMIST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

"Majestic . . . charged with physical danger, physical courage, and Winton's brand of rugged introspection."--The New York Review of Books

"Plunge into this novel and you, too, will be pulled under."--The Miami Herald

"Stunning in the depth of its audacity . . . limitlessly beautiful prose."--The Washington Post Book World

"Darkly exhilarating . . . a tautly gorgeous meditation on the inescapable human addiction to 'the monotony of drawing breath,' whether you want to or not."--The New York Times Book Review

"Both a hymn to the beauty of flying on water and a sober assessment of the costs of losing one’s balance, in every sense of the word."--The New Yorker

"A tender, incisive, sometimes brutal, and always moving coming-of-age novel . . . The prose is always astonishing, the descriptions of sea and weather especially vivid. . . . The book seems as simple, and as vital, as the act of breathing itself."--The Seattle Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tim Winton

  • The preeminent Australian novelist of his generation, TIM WINTON is the author of the bestselling Cloudstreet, The Riders, and Dirt Music, among many other books. He lives in Western Australia.

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A Novel

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