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The golden age: A Novel

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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
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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.
Awards
2015 Australian Prime Minister's Award for Fiction
2015 Patrick White Literary Award

2015 Kibble Literary Award
Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction
New South Wales Premier's People's Choice Award
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subject_facetCulture conflict -- Fiction
Electronic books
Historical fiction
Hospitals, Convalescent -- Fiction
Nineteen fifties -- Fiction
Perth (W.A.) -- Fiction
Poliomyelitis -- Patients -- Fiction
Refugees -- Australia -- Fiction
title_displayThe golden age
title_fullThe Golden Age A Novel
The golden age / Joan London
The golden age [electronic resource] / Joan London
title_shortThe golden age
title_subA Novel
topic_facetCulture conflict
Electronic books
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Hospitals, Convalescent
Literature
Nineteen fifties
Patients
Poliomyelitis
Refugees