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The Place on Dalhousie

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,868 ratings  ·  485 reviews
'You look the type to break your father’s heart.'
'Yeah, but he broke mine first.’

When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. Two years later, Rosie returns to the house and living there is Martha, whom Seb Genn
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Viking
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Leanne Edmistone This is brilliant adult fiction. Rosie is early 20s. I read this in one night, staying up way past my bedtime to finish it.
Monica Kelly I've also checked NoveList Plus for book club notes.
Otherwise I'll email the author to check with her.…more
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Emily May
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, contemporary
“Guilt is a burden, so forgive yourself for the mistakes.”

Reading this book felt like coming home.

It's been eight years for me - far longer for others - since I first encountered these characters in Saving Francesca, and I feel as if I have grown up alongside them. Melina Marchetta was one of the first authors I discovered through Goodreads, thanks to Tatiana, and these books have such a special place in my heart.

The Place on Dalhousie - just like the two companion books that came before it
The journey that began in Year 11 at St. Sebastian's...

That took us to East Timor and London with Anabel's brother...

This was the final piece, the missing piece, Jimmy's piece.

All I can say is, Thank you, Melina.

Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, aus-nz
Welcome back, Melina!

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil did nothing for me, but The Place on Dalhousie immediately got me to the emotional state I expect to be in reading a Marchetta book:

So, a big THANK YOU!

The Place on Dalhousie is a return to Marchetta's signature heart wrenching family drama a la The Piper's Son. Once again you get a novel about building a family and healing after the past tragedies. Jimmy Hailler is at the center of this story - it's about his coming home and finally making hi
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
you people knew about this A YEAR AGO???

next time, drop me a line please!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
‘The Place on Dalhousie’ is the new contemporary fiction novel from Australian author Melina Marchetta. It can be read as a sequel-of-sorts, to where many of the characters within first appeared; in 'Saving Francesca' as teenagers in 2003, and then again in 2010 with 'The Piper’s Son' as young adults. But 'Dalhousie' can also be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone for newcomers to Marchetta’s writing.

Avid readers though, will also be pleased to learn that two teasing shorts Melina wrote in the le
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
hear me out : Jimmy Hailer has a good day
... and he did.

Why I'm giving The Place on Dalhousie 5 stars, except the obvious (splendid charactrization, there's Tommy Mackee in it, strong women FTW, my god everything rings so true) : I only read 15 minutes of it a day (yes I'm evil) (alright, it was part of a reading project with my students) and Marchetta managed to draw me in EVERY TIME. For someone like me who struggles with attention a LOT???? it's pretty fucking fantastic.
The Place on Dalhousie is the first Marchetta novel I read. Apparently, it ties in with a couple of other novels written many years before, something I wasn't aware of prior to starting it. It's a stand-alone novel, so it shouldn't matter.

This was enjoyable enough- it had family drama, an unexpected pregnancy, friendships, relationships, grief etc, you know, life and living and its many complexities.
It didn't particularly impress me, despite its readability and realistic characters and situation
Jaclyn Crupi
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what I did to deserve a writer like Melina Marchetta in my lifetime. I work with books because of her (Looking for Alibrandi changed my life). What she does so well here is write people. Real, messy, contradictory, beautiful people and I laughed and cried my way through the perfect humanity of it all. She is too good for us.
Those who have read Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son will recognise the group of friends in this novel, now in their mid 20s and struggling with careers and relationships. However, it also reads well as a stand alone as it focuses on one of the friends, Jimmy and the young woman, Rosie, who he rescues during heavy floods in Queensland.

Following a brief affair with Jimmy, Rosie heads back to Sydney after the floods have receded to the house that her much loved father built for her and her mo
May 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended to TS by: Lily ☁️

Queen Marchetta is coming up with another book??? how did I not know about this???

how many of my organs do I need to give away to get my hands on this right now willing to negotiate @ me Marchetta let's talk
'Jimmy feels tenderness beyond anything. He's never used that word in his head to describe the longing for anyone in his life.'

THIS WAS EVERYTHING AND MORE. This is it, this is the Jimmy book we've been waiting for and it is so worth the wait. Definitely more of a slow build-up this time around, but I cried so many times it's not even funny. You don't ever think you'll cry over a fictional fucking car but then Melina 'Hold my beer' Marchetta happens

I like how Rosie is the more practical one and
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian side characters, Lebanese side character, side characters with anxiety

no one talks to me

i cried thru the whole thing, which we all know is the only way to read a marchetta's novel. no one on earth does found family and real family the way marchetta does

(there's a side lesbian couple and i love them)
Robin (Bridge Four)
Malina Marchetta is a character driven writer who shows you what family IS. Maybe not the biological family that you are born to, although it is some of that, but the one you make for yourself on your journey to adulthood and during it. She is fantastic at capturing humans in all of there beautiful brokenness and shows just how much the people in your life can make to broken parts better or worse.

While this could be read as a standalone I will adamantly state that it really shouldn’t. Please do
I loved it. My expectations were crazy high and this didn't disappoint me.

So here's the thing though - I've read some of the reviews on here and honestly, I think some of them give away a little too much.

If you loved Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son, you'll like this. You'll love this.

That's really all you need to know.

Having the story unfold as you're reading it is the best way to go if you ask me. Especially since you're already so invested in Jimmy, which I KNOW you are if you loved t
Reading this book feels like going back home.

(And I haven't been to my parents’ house since 2011, I think. I've seen them of course, they've visited, I just haven't been back to my hometown. I miss it. So I should know.)

I am not sure new readers will appreciate this just as much as the old ones, no matter how they advertise it. The book is infused with so much nostalgia for the past books. There's this aching for the kids they were back then, for their innocence, there's this longing for each ot
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A light easy read that wasn’t too demanding. Growing up in and around inner Western Sydney as a child I was instantly familiar with the workings of being part of a tight knit community, there were always lots of surrogate Nonnas and Yiayias around to make up for the lack of real family here in Australia and it was easy to relate to so much in this book as many of the places and locations mentioned are places I’ve hung around, I even have family that live a street away from the street mentioned i ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
If you are familiar with award winning author Melina Marchetta you will delight in revisiting familiar characters from Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son in The Place on Dalhousie.

If you are not, you will be charmed by the characters you meet, and eager to devour Marchetta’s backlist when you have finished this wonderfully touching novel of home, family and friendship.

After Rosie Gennaro and Jimmy Hailler cross paths and enjoy a brief fling while travelling through Queensland, neither expect
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 12/5 stars. YES I SAID TWELVE
madandelion [hiatus 160420]
21/07/19 - No, damn you! I'm still not ready for you, and the emotion-overload that's going to come hand-in-hand. But I promise you're always at the back of my mind. ✨
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be still my heart... I loved this story so damn much!!! Not ready to let these characters go. It’s been over a day since I finished Dalhousie and I can’t let it go. This is what a book hangover feels like.

I will give this a proper review when I get my thoughts straight.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

Rep: lesbian side characters, Lebanese side character, side characters with anxiety
My gang. 8 years. MY GANGGGGGG. Marchetta always knows how to make me tear up. Lotsa tears in lotsa chapters and even more laughs. This took me back to 2006 when I first met Frankie and her friends. And now they’ve all grown to so much more. The mems, nostalgia, reminiscing. Family, friendship, love and new beginnings. Other than Frankie, Jimmy’s always been my fav so I’m happy we got his story. And heaps more too. I’m happy and sad and content and satisfied and a little bit heartbroken this is ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

i loved seeing all the characters from Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son back together!!!!! 💞💞💞

that aside though, i thought this was an enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable, book. i can't believe i'm about to say this about a melina marchetta book, but i feel like this book really lacked emotionally climactic, punchy moments. i wanted to feel more strongly about its scenes, but it didn't give me any scenes to feel that strongly about. and for me, that's what separates a good book f
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The familiar, welcoming glow of a new Melina Marchetta novel. This one is a delight.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: na-lit, favourites
God have I missed the crew and it's so good to have Jimmy back and happy after all this time
I've read a lot of books with sad stories this year. I was glad to realise this one slowly turns into a feel good one with plenty of happy endings. As usual Marchetta churns out a book full of emotion with characters of deep history, dealing with plenty of issues and struggling with relationships and finances. The two lead women characters are tough and unforgiving. The main male is Jimmy Hailer who is a rough diamond. Does Marchetta ever fail to deliver?
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jimmy, finally <3
Thank you, Ms Marchetta.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
[edit april 27 2019]

The easiest 5 stars. I remember in high school repeatedly borrowing Saving Francesca (the only Marchetta book at the school) from the library. I'd read about these misfits and chosen families and real families over and over again, and then the same thing with The Piper's Son. Where Finch-Mackees tore my heart apart and the themes of trauma and family and hitting rock bottom and coming out the other side solidified Marchetta as one of my absolute favourite writers in the world
Flying Monkey
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
5 Stars!!!

Melina Marchetta delivers a great novel in The Place on Dalhousie!

I love her writing. It feels so gritty, down to earth, and realistic. Her characters are always easy to love and I found myself pulling for each of them at different times. I'm so glad Melina is back in form and now I just have to wait for her next book release.

I'm not sure why this book is not for sale in the US yet. I had to order from Australia, but well worth it.
Lulu Ali



Annnnnd the wait is finally over.
I Loved this book so much.
No one, NO ONE evoke in me the such deep kind of emotions like Melina Marchetta.
These characters are not fictional, they are real people and I feel their pain and care about their happiness in a way I don’t in real life.

Melina Marchetta thank you so much for writing this and showing us the old gang
Please write about Siobhan and Justine next 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the ...more

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