The Best of Intentions (ETA: Nov. 2018)

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Quite possibly the first novel featuring a Buddhist social worker who wears leather, drinks cheap wine, is averse to chaos and plays violent video games.

Kurt Edelman is a disillusioned case worker struggling in an under-resourced child protection system. When he takes on the case of Gecko, a sixteen-year-old foster care kid with a traumatic past and a shaky future, he is determined to make a difference. But the best of intentions are not enough.

Meanwhile Libby, a creative and intelligent girl in her final year at school, grapples with the harshness of the outside world and the obstacles that life places in her path.

Set against the background of the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, The Best of Intentions is a sensitive and compelling portrayal of young people at risk and of the well-meaning but often ineffective child protection and mental health professionals charged with their care.

“Highly engaging … an intelligent and moving novel” Dr Kate Ryan, Writers Victoria

The Best of Intentions should be available as a print-on-demand paperback and as an e-book by November 2018. Sign up to follow this website so you won’t miss out on its release!

 

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