The Taj Mahal of Trundle

by Margaret Sutherland



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/23/2009

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781426991141
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781426904394

About the Book

Two sisters inherit the family home and go back to living the quiet life in Trundle, an imaginary country town on the coast of NSW, Australia. Both Marie and Ronnie have been hurt by life, but their hopeful new start soon deteriorates into antagonism. Conflict is fanned by the arrival of new neighbours; the Lal family, whose new house overshadows their home and disturbs their peace.

When Mr Lal’s wife becomes ill and dies, he evolves a grandiose plan to build a monument in her honour. His Taj will be a tribute to his culture and a memorial to his own struggle as a migrant and outsider. His search for land takes him to Pelican: a coastal commune on the outskirts of town.

Marie’s past involved a scandal at this commune. Decades on, she wants to make amends, renewing contact with long-term residents who are now trying to redefine their purpose. First Marie and then her sister become entangled in the commune’s way of life, uncovering facts and facing needs that neither knew about themselves. In Trundle, human behaviour is at its best and worst. Unexpected kindness and the rebirth of love counteract the crooked deals, racism, perversion and violence which show that small-town life is anything but uneventful.

About the Author

Margaret Sutherland is a New Zealand writer ` who has lived in Australia since 1986. She has published seven novels and several collections of short stories, has held the New Zealand Scholarship in Letters and has received two Australia Council writing fellowships. Her work has been included in many anthologies. In 2009 she won first prize in Australia’s National Literary Awards for a short story. For further details, visit Margaret’s website at