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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  96 reviews
For years Kitty Hawke has lived alone on Wolfe Island, witness to the islands erosion and clinging to the ghosts of her past. Her work as a sculptor and her wolfdog Girl are enough. News of mainland turmoil is as distant as myth until refugees from that world arrive: her granddaughter Cat, and Luis and Alejandra, a brother and sister escaping persecution. When threats from ...more
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Published December 2019 by Pan MacMillan
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Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Wolfe Island is a beautifully written novel about love and the ties which bind us to others. It is set in a possible future where climate change is having a huge effect on peoples' lives and society has changed very much for the worse.

The narrator is Kitty, a solitary woman and an artist, who lives alone on Wolfe Island with just her much loved dog to keep her company. One day out of the blue her estranged granddaughter and three young friends turn up on the island needing help. In the journey
Isolated on Wolfe Island, the only remaining resident, sculptor Kitty Hawke relished her life. Shed had a husband, Hart, daughter Claudie and son Tobe, but they were now on main; Kitty had her wolfdog Girl as she searched for items to use in her sculpting; watched the land being eaten by the sea; sifted through her memories. But one day as a storm arose, a small boat came ashore and aboard was Kittys sixteen-year-old granddaughter Cat, plus Josh and siblings, Luis and seven-year-old Alejandra. ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was exhausting being around people and noticing them, thinking about them. I felt roughened and coarse now, as if I was rubbing against the grain of Wolfe Island. It used to be that I could forget myself and be, spend hours in the marshes watching the tides and the grasses, birds walking over my feet. Id been still so long, listening to the unintelligible wind, I was part of it then, and insignificant. I missed that. The writing helped a little.

Wolfe Island is the second novel by
Michael Livingston
This is a superb novel, set in a horrifyingly plausible near-future in which rising sea levels have started to inundate small island communities while bringing out the best and worst in wider society. Treloar focuses in on a handful of key characters - primarily complicated, prickly Kitty Hawke. Kitty's life on Wolfe Island changes forever when her estranged grandaughter arrives with a handful of other people fleeing from various challenges on the mainland. The book creates a grim future - a ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Lucy Treloar, the award winning author of Salt Creek, returns to the literary scene with her second impressionistic novel titled Wolfe Island. Set away from Australia on the fictional surrounds of the US marshlands of Chesapeake Bay, Wolfe Island is a dramatic, atmospheric and observant study of humanity in the face of climate disaster. Wolfe Island will haul you in from chapter one, until the endnote.

Kitty Hawke is the central and lone protagonist in Lucy
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astounding in its ability to both touch and unsettle, Wolfe Island is a rain dance beneath the clouds of the Apocalypse.
Carol Jones
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estranged from her family, Kitty Hawke lives alone on an island that is slowly sinking into Chesapeake Bay, in a world where millions of people can no longer find a home. One night, her granddaughter turns up at her door with three other young people looking for refuge. Their arrival turns Kitty's world upside-down.

Lucy Treloar's latest novel lures the reader in with its gentle, atmospheric prose so that when the storm hits you are taken by surprise, even though you know that trouble looms. This
Robert Lukins
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a very special, beautiful, mesmerising thing this is. I expected a lot after Salt Creek, but, boy, this is something else.
Theresa Smith
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww2020
Slice a life any way you like and itll tell a different story. Each cut shows something new; each might surprise or confound. Some parts you must expose with a delicate blade to keep them whole. Its not an easy task; it takes patience. Not everyone likes to know this. You decide for yourself the things you want to know about yourself, even if not in your entirely conscious self; you choose not to peer down into the mess of it all.

Wolfe Island is not a quick read. The novel itself is reasonably
Jennifer (JC-S)
Slice a life anyway you like, and itll tell a different story.

Kitty Hawke has lived on Wolfe Island (set off the north-eastern coast of the USA) all of her life. Shes the last person still living there as the island becomes eroded, salt affected and less habitable. She was married, to Hart, and had two children Claudie and Tobe. But island life was not for them. Kitty has her wolfdog Girl for company, and her work as a sculptor to keep her busy. Turmoil on the mainland is distant: Kitty is not
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A melancholy lament for time, place and family. How to continue when what you know and love is threatened or lost. I would give 5 stars to the first half of this story set on Wolfe Island. The tension and mystery were skilfully written.
Carolyn Miles
This one was a struggle. There was some beautiful writing but I guess I just wasnt in the mood for something so poetic, confusing and utterly depressing. Reading in the time of Corona needs to be more hopeful and uplifting.

Kitty Hawke, a great grandmother who must only be about my age (gulp), is living on an island somewhere off the north east coast of the USA that is being drowned by rising sea levels. She makes a journey northwards with an odd collection of people & animals, through a
Carolyn Mck
Lucy Treloar's protagonist, Kitty Hawke (yes, she recognises the significance of the unusual name!) is a middle aged woman who has chosen to live alone on the (fictional) Wolfe Island in the US. The island is succumbing to the ravages of climate change, through rising sea levels and increasing salt deposits. Kitty, the last permanent resident sees it as her responsibility to mark the changes through her notebook and her art - her 'makings' from things she scavenges from her island home. She has ...more
Sally Piper
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is all kinds of beautiful in writing, characterisation, themes and plot. Set in the near future, it gives a real and disturbing picture of what coastline communities face with rising sea levels and how humanity will respond as more and more lives are disrupted by climate change. It asks questions about what freedom will look like in the future and the lengths people will go to in securing it for those they love. Gripping, unique and unforgettable.
Jaclyn Crupi
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Theres not a one of us knows what we might do if things go wrong, if the people we love are in danger, or if were taken from our home and all the things that make us. These chilling words have been bouncing around my head all day. Lucy Treloars second novel looks at the all too real and current reality of when people must flee home and take flight and what theyll do for family. These times will test us and books like this remind us that fiction does have a role to play in our climate emergency. ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gifted
I greatly admire authors who do not conform to one genre - while Salt Creek was historical fiction, Wolfe Island is set in the near future, and is designed to highlight the awful fears and prejudices we have against anyone who seems "other". This is an elegantly written story of people on the run, set against the backdrop of a changing climate, with a strong, older woman protagonist. Treloar is an impeccable character and place writer, and I challenge anyone to read this novel and not be moved ...more
Pan Macmillan Australia
I read this while I was having a quiet two weeks on holiday at home and had the leisure to relax with a novel which, instead of opening with a bang, possesses the quality of quietly and inexorably drawing you into its world. Like her previous book, the much admired Salt Creek, this novel is a bleak but lyrical tale which begins in an estuary with a woman of hardy mind and independent spirit. Salt Creek took place in the nineteenth century and is based upon the authors own family history when ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing novel by Lucy Treloar. Haunting characters in an uncertain world in the near future.
Kathy Parker
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite beyond words. Just, brilliant.
Kate Downey
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolfe Island is a book which will both break your heart and make you want to read it all over again. I love coming across a dystopian setting which is totally believable, nothing too out of the ordinary but deeply unsettling and this book gets that so right. We get to imagine a world submerging slowly as the water level rises inexorably, a world where intolerance of illegals echoes events we witness today. Treloar takes this racial discrimination up a notch and yet her depiction of the illegal ...more
Elise McCune
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolfe Island is set in the near future in the US and as the title suggests on an island. Lucy Treloars earlier book, Salt Creek was set in Australia and vividly brought to life 19th century Australia so I was looking forward to reading Wolfe Island. I wasnt disappointed, it is a lovely and relevant book to the times we live in, and redolent with imagery of the landscape and well-drawn characters. I live on an island (Australia) and there is something magical about them but with the ocean on the ...more
Meg Dunley
A superbly written story of a woman who lives a precarious existence on an island that is being taken back by the ocean. Her life must change when others who need her arrive. It is hard not to fall in love with the stubborn and formidable Kitty.
Cass Moriarty
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolfe Island (Picador Pan Macmillan) is the second novel from Lucy Treloar, the award-winning author of the historical Salt Creek. Wolfe Island takes us into the future instead of the past and is set on the other side of the world, in Chesapeake Bay, where the seas are rising as climate change is slowly devastating the land, reclaiming houses piece by piece. Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of the dying island of Wolfe, clings to her precarious existence with her wolfdog, Girl, and her makings ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia, c21st, 19review
Wolfe Bay, set in the indeterminate near future, is a bleak book: it foreshadows the annihilation of home due to the rising oceans. However what it also shows is that catastrophe can bring out both the best and worst in people, often to their own surprise.

In a departure from the Australian setting of the award-winning Salt Creek (see my review) the central character of this novel lives in America. Kitty Hawke lives alone on high ground on (fictional*) Wolfe Island in Chesapeake Bay in Maryland,
Leoni Graham
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I feel like I am never satisfied and highly critical of everything these days, but I can only rate things for how I enjoyed them and this was just an 'ok' from me.

I loved:
- the premise - the reclusive artist living on an island that is slowly sinking, then her solitude is interrupted - a dark and stormy mystery!
- the descriptions of the island and its history, the landscape, the abandoned houses and the atmosphere

I didn't like:
- the never telling the whole story so you felt like you were
Lucy Treloar is a very gifted story teller who uses unusual but significant settings that intensify the relationships between her characters. In Wolfe Island and her previous novel Salt Creek the isolated residence of her main character(s) established the pretext for many of the circumstances that took place. Despite this similarity setting of remoteness, each tale is totally different: Salt Creek is an historical romantic fiction set in the beautiful Coorong region of South Australia and Wolfe ...more
Lou Greene
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Slice a life any way you like and it'll always tell a different story.' Open this novel at any page and a different line will cast its hook and catch you unaware. I fell deeply into 'Wolfe Island', surprised, charmed and mesmerised by its lyrical voice, the voice of Kitty Hawke, a loner, a creative spirit, a woman who knows how to look after herself and will do whatever it takes to protect those she love. She is such a strong, independent character. You feel her deep-rooted allegiance to her ...more
Wolfe Island is a dazzling display of family and what we will and won't do for those who we do and don't love. Kitty is creative and isolated, and yet is pulled around by people, events, and the natural world. A little hard to keep track of (a map would have been a helpful inclusion) it otherwise creates a windswept and salt soaked picture of Kitty's world, with the skill also seen in Salt Creek .
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, Wolfe Island tells the story of Kitty, the stubborn final resident of Wolfe Island who enjoys being alone on the island, away from the unpredictable nature of other people. That is, until her granddaughter arrives with her boyfriend & two siblings running to avoid deportation. In the months that follow, just as her beloved island is washing away, Kittys walls slowly come down and again and again she is challenged to decide what she is willing to do to protect those she ...more
Pam Saunders
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in Melbourne, England and Sweden. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy is a writer and editor and has plied her trades both in Australia and in Cambodia, where she lived for a number of years.

Her short fiction has appeared in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure, and Best Australian Stories 2013 and her non fiction in The Age, Meanjin,

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