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Sea Dog Hotel is a symbolic look into tiny town life in the marginal scrub of Western Australia. It poses the questions, what is happiness, and how is it found by the strange and cursed Ruth and her beautiful but sour seed, Grace, who wash up in the equally cursed Nyacoppin. The town is as far from the ocean as it is from the capital. Ruth, searching for happiness buys the ...more
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 230 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Marlish Pow (first published October 1st 2013)
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Mac
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Terrific book! I viewed it with some trepidation as I knew the main plot was sad, an aging woman, Ruth, wracked by the memories of a crime earlier in her life, going crazy and searching for happiness, but Sea Dog Hotel sparkles with many jewels. For those who have stayed or lived in a marginal town in Australia - you are instantly there - with all the eccentric characters, hardship and amidst it the beauty and humanity that cemented Ruth's daughter Grace's desire to stay put. It flows well and ...more
Richard Regan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a witty, perceptive, poignant tale set in a remote country town in Western Australia. The characters are both quirky and believable, as is the ironically named and themed Sea Dog Hotel, full of maritime artefacts and an unlikely refugee from the dangers of the distant coast. The harshness of the Australian bush is tempered by the fortitude and compassion of the town’s inhabitants, as a search for happiness twists between tragedy, comedy and redemption.
Louise
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sea Dog Hotel was published late last year by Western Australian author Marlish Glorie. Anyone who has read Marlish's writing knows she has a warm writing style and a quirky sense of humour -- this novel exudes both.

The story begins with the arrival of the troubled Ruth and her daughter, Grace, in Nyacoppin -- a bleak town three hundred and sixty miles southeast of Perth, population eighty. Ruth has bought the Sea Dog Hotel, the only hotel in the town, over the internet, sight unseen.

Ruth,
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Marlish
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This novel peppered with eccentric characters and combined with a complex, powerful storyline makes for a compelling read.
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Marlish Glorie is a short story writer and novelist who lives in Western Australia, where she also teaches creative writing at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
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