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The Resource The Golden Age

The Golden Age

Label
The Golden Age
Title
The Golden Age
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Joan London
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Language
eng
Summary
A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016 Frank Gold's family, Hungarian jews, flee the perils of World War II for the safety of Australia, but not long after their arrival, thirteen-year-old Frank is diagnosed with polio. He is sent to a sprawling children's hospital called The Golden Age, where he meets Elsa, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, a girl who radiates pure light. Frank and Elsa fall in love, fueling one another's rehabilitation, facing the perils of illness and adolescence hand in hand, and scandalizing the prudish staff of The Golden Age. Frank and Elsa's parents, too, must cope with their changing realities. Elsa's mother Margaret, who has given up everything to be a perfect mother, must reconcile her hopes and dreams with her daughter's sickness. Frank's parents, transplants to Australia from a war-torn Europe, are isolated newcomers in a country that they do not love and that does not seem to love them. Frank's mother Ida, a renowned pianist in Hungary, refuses to allow the western deserts of Australia to become her home. But her husband, Meyer, slowly begins to free himself from the past and integrate into a new society. With tenderness and humor, The Golden Age tells a deeply moving story about illness, resilience and recovery. It is a book about learning to navigate the unfamiliar, about embracing music, poetry, death, and, most importantly, life.Awards2015 Australian Prime Minister's Award for Fiction 2015 Patrick White Literary Award2015 Kibble Literary AwardQueensland Premier's Award for FictionNew South Wales Premier's People's Choice Award
Summary
Escaping the perils of World War II to the safety of Australia, 13-year-old Jewish Hungarian Frank is diagnosed with polio and sent to a sprawling children's hospital, where he falls in love with incandescent fellow patient Elsa while their families back home struggle to adjust to life in a new culture
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Award
  • Nita B. Kibble Literary Award, 2015.
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards, People's Choice Award for Fiction, 2015.
  • Queensland Literary Awards, Fiction Book Award, 2015.
  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards: Fiction, 2015.
  • Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction category, 2016.
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10430086
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NOV
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1948-
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London, Joan
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
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The Golden Age
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:89054377-6c33-4a8f-b072-dd8a6ff72b0c
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781609453268
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Golden Age
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:89054377-6c33-4a8f-b072-dd8a6ff72b0c
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781609453268
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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