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The Paperbark Shoe

Written by Goldie Goldbloom


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Gin, the albino, marries to escape the confines of an asylum. Toad, a small man who wears corsets, marries to prove his manhood. Together they are freaks—feared and ridiculed by the remote farming community in which they live. Then into their lives come two Italian POWs bringing music, sensuality and a love that will fan the flames of small town bigotry.


‘Goldie Goldbloom promises to be one of Australia’s most important and imaginative voices of the future … a masterpiece of characterisation.’ Good Reading Magazine

‘… an assured debut written in beautifully precise language.’ The Age



Winner, USA Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) Novel Award, 2008
Winner, GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction, 2011
Winner, Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year, Literary Fiction (2011)

ISBN 9781921696404 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Book Club Reads
Award Winning
Pages 376
Publication Year 2010
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Goldie Goldbloom

    Goldie Goldbloom is the author of The Paperbark Shoe – winner of the AWP Novel Award and many other prizes, as well as a collection of short stories, You Lose These. Her work has been selected for the Best Australian Short Stories, and has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Narrative. Hunger Mountain awarded her their Nonfiction prize (2014). She teaches at the University of Chicago and at Northwestern University ever since being named as their Simon Blattner Fellow. She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, a Brown Foundation-Dora Maar House Fellowship, a Jerusalem Post Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Fellowship. She is a founding board member of Eshel, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ minorities and a mother of eight. Read more