How to Repaint a Life
Steven Herrick
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702263156
Awards Year: 2022
Category: Book of the Year: Older Readers


Isaac is running from his old life when he steps off the bus in a small town. He doesn’t plan on sticking around and has nowhere to stay, but a local café owner's kindness offers him a chance to change his story. Then Isaac meets Sophie and learns he’s not the only one wanting to repaint his life.

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The author says...

CBCA's Sun Project "Shadow Judging" in partnership with ALIA sat down with Steven Herrick to talk about his book "How to Repaint a Life". Check out ALIA's "Shadow Judging" YouTube video.

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The CBCA judges say...

A gentle exploration of difficult things, some universal, some specific to coming of age. Homelessness, domestic violence, misogyny and privilege are all unpacked in a way that is genuine, real and tense without ever being too overwhelming. A dramatic opening moves the story quickly along engaging readers in the outcome and the main characters lives. This is a beautiful story of contrasts; contrasting hopelessness with optimism, homelessness with family security and privilege, moral courage with revenge, old fashioned homeliness with modern chic and overall builds a picture of kindness and resourcefulness. The stunning prose captures a vivid picture of life in this small town without ever feeling overwritten. The characters are authentically written. It's compelling, honest, and heartfelt.

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