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The Place on Dalhousie

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  191 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.
jess! yep, it's a stand alone! but if you want more of an emotional connection to the characters (i guess?), you can read those two as well! they accompany…moreyep, it's a stand alone! but if you want more of an emotional connection to the characters (i guess?), you can read those two as well! they accompany each other but you definitely don't need to read them all or in any order. i personally think it's cool to see the character's growth, especially since they age quite a bit during the three books, but it's not necessary at all.(less)

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Emily May
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, 2019
“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 -
شيماء ✨
This will be my first Melina Marchetta book so I don't know anything about Jimmy Hailler but it sounds like he's been through enough and deserves a break
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.

Jan 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
you people knew about this A YEAR AGO???

next time, drop me a line please!
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aus-nz, 2019
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
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
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.
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
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read-not-released
Shelves: autobuy-authors
hear me out : Jimmy Hailer has a good day
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
anna (readingpeaches)
Feb 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 1-contemporary
jimmy hailler is a dad & also incidentally i am dead

(can i already add this to my favourites shelf??? asking for a friend)
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.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 12/5 stars. YES I SAID TWELVE

Rep: lesbian side characters, Lebanese side character, side characters with anxiety
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The familiar, welcoming glow of a new Melina Marchetta novel. This one is a delight.
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
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.
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
Absolutely loved it!
5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These characters will always be special to me, and this book was the perfect continuation of the story from Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son. Thank you Melina for giving us Jimmy's story and for introducing us to new characters as well. (view spoiler) Rosie was such an awesome and gutsy character and I particularly enjoyed the storyli
Brandy Painter
Feb 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Someone else is going to need to read this first and assure me it’s JUST about Jimmie and none of the others are mentioned. I’d love to get resolution to Jimmie’s story but I’m okay with the world I’ve built for the others in my head from where they were at the end of The Piper’s Son. I don’t want it tarnished. That may sound weird and unreasonable but it’s where I’m at right now.
Anum Shaharyar
Hamilton Saliva
Jun 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
Melina Marchetta could write a book about a person watching another person watch paint dry and I'd happily read it.
Feb 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Anna Banana
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wasn't as good as Tom's book, didn't impact me as emotionally for some reason but it was great being with the gang and in this world nonetheless. I love that this book is all about fate and while I didn't necessarily fall in love with Jimmy and Rosie's story, I couldn't deny that all the signs were pointing at them being meant for each other.

Now if only Melina would write books for the gang from the Jellicoe Road.

Also just a million scenes of the Will and Frankie, Tom and Tara, Siobhan and Jus
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?
Meg Collins
I’ve never read a book by Marchetta I haven’t enjoyed. Reading one is like receiving a big warm hug. I thought I was going to get through this one without tears, but on page 253 it got me good. Her characters are always so real and her stories nostalgic. The Place on Dalhousie was everything I’d expect from her and more; one of her very best. It was wonderful to revisit Jimmy, Francesca and gang in new and familiar surroundings. I prefer this over The Piper’s Son by a country mile.
Was a bit of a rough start for me as I didn't fall as hard and fast in love with Rosie + Martha as I usually do with Marchetta's characters but man was I sobbing by the end of it. (seriously, the whole car thing, asgdfsdfsdkjk)
They've all grown so much and seeing the gang back together goes just right to the heart.
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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
“My favourite photos of my mum and dad are those from before I was born. Because they were so into each other and I can see this love in her eyes that says, I trust this guy to fucking bits.” 2 likes
“Working with them was tough at first, because the Mackees were dealing with their own shit, and most times it was Jimmy who did the talking. Mackee’s dad later wrote to say that Jimmy had filled in the silence for them, and it made all the difference” 0 likes
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