The Great Plains

‘“Alexander writes [with] a deep love of the land”’ -Courier-Mail

“’Grand and involving fiction blending history and family drama, skillfully crafted by a consummate storyteller’ – – Book’d Out

‘“It will captivate you and pull you in, and it will have you holding your breath until the final page’ –  Narromine News & Trangie Advocate

From the American Wild West to the wilds of outback Queensland, from the Civil War to the Great Depression, in an epic novel tracing one powerful but divided family.

It is Dallas 1886, and the Wade Family is going from strength to strength: from a thriving newspaper and retail business in Texas to a sprawling sheep station half a world away in Queensland. Yet money and power cannot compensate for the tragedy that struck twenty-three years ago, when Joseph Wade was slaughtered and his seven-year-old daughter Philomena abducted by Apache Indians. Only her uncle, Aloysius, remains convinced that one day Philomena will return. So when news reaches him that the legendary Geronimo has been captured, and a beautiful white woman discovered with him, he believes his prayers have been answered.

Little does he know that the seeds of disaster have just been sown.

Over the coming years three generations of Wade men will succumb to an obsession with three generations of mixed-blood Wade women: the courageous Philomena, her hot-headed granddaughter Serena, and her gutsy great-granddaughter Abelena – a young woman destined for freedom in a distant red land. But at what price . . . ?

The Great Plains was pub. in 2014: A Better Reading ‘Top 100’ Books 2015 & 2016

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What Nicole says

What would it feel like to be lost to the world you were born into?

The Great Plains Only to find that on being reunited with loved-ones that you truly didn’t belong? Always mindful of my own rural background, I wanted to draw on rural Australia and our fascinating history. My aim was to write an epic narrative that told the story of two lands, two frontier worlds, Australia and America and the people, both settlers and indigenous who inhabited those countries. And yes, the pickle jar scene, among quite a few others, was based on something my father saw in a pantry as a child. Fact certainly is stranger than fiction. I have drawn on a number of different beliefs from different tribes through the narrative. The people of Northern Australia have a particularly wonderful conviction that when they die they are taken by a mystical canoe to the spirit land in the sky. Similarly the great emu in the sky, the dark outline surrounding the Milky Way is the subject of songs and stories in many parts of Australia.