Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett audiobook

Rush Oh!

By Shirley Barrett
Read by Merridy Eastman

Little, Brown & Company 9780316261548
9.57 Hours 1
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An impassioned, charming, and hilarious debut novel about a young woman's coming-of-age, during one of the harshest whaling seasons in the history of New South Wales. 1908: It's the year that proves to be life-changing for our teenage narrator, Mary Davidson, tasked with providing support to her father's boisterous whaling crews while caring for five brothers and sisters in the wake of their mother's death. But when the handsome John Beck-a former Methodist preacher turned novice whaler with a mysterious past-arrives at the Davidson's door pleading to join her father's crews, suddenly Mary's world is upended. As her family struggles to survive the scarcity of whales and the vagaries of weather, and as she navigates sibling rivalries and an all-consuming first love for the newcomer John, nineteen-year-old Mary will soon discover a darker side to these men who hunt the seas, and the truth of her place among them. Swinging from Mary's own hopes and disappointments to the challenges that have beset her family's whaling operation, RUSH OH! is an enchanting blend of fact and fiction that's as much the story of its gutsy narrator's coming-of-age as it is the celebration of an extraordinary episode in history.

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Summary

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

An impassioned, charming, and hilarious debut novel about a young woman's coming-of-age, during one of the harshest whaling seasons in the history of New South Wales.

1908: It's the year that proves to be life-changing for our teenage narrator, Mary Davidson, tasked with providing support to her father's boisterous whaling crews while caring for five brothers and sisters in the wake of their mother's death. But when the handsome John Beck-a former Methodist preacher turned novice whaler with a mysterious past-arrives at the Davidson's door pleading to join her father's crews, suddenly Mary's world is upended.

As her family struggles to survive the scarcity of whales and the vagaries of weather, and as she navigates sibling rivalries and an all-consuming first love for the newcomer John, nineteen-year-old Mary will soon discover a darker side to these men who hunt the seas, and the truth of her place among them.

Swinging from Mary's own hopes and disappointments to the challenges that have beset her family's whaling operation, RUSH OH! is an enchanting blend of fact and fiction that's as much the story of its gutsy narrator's coming-of-age as it is the celebration of an extraordinary episode in history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Hugely funny and peopled with a cast of characters I came to treasure like my own friends, Rush Oh! reminded me why I love reading. Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites
“Beautiful and brutal, witty and kind, Rush Oh! is a story of great surprises and a beating heart—a book to never forget.” Markus Zusak, #1 New York Times bestseller
Beautiful and brutal, witty and kind, Rush Oh! is a story of great surprises and a beating heart--a book to never forget. Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief
“A light-hearted tale of the 1908 whaling season in a small New South Wales town.” Guardian (London)
“Drolly tart and unsentimental…Prickly yet endearing Mary is the star…Yes, there’s a lot of whaling talk, but with a narrator reminiscent of Jo March, the sensibility here is more akin to Little Women than Moby Dick." Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Shirley Barrett

Author Bio: Shirley Barrett

Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Her first film, Love Serenade, won the Caméra d’Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. In 2010, the script for her film South Solitary won the Queensland Premier’s Prize and the West Australian Premier’s Prize. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English