BEAUTIFUL LIES, by Emilie Richards
It all starts with the 19th century pearl fishers in western Australia, and what one American man will do to gain possession of "The Pearl of Great Price". His greed spawns a generational rivalry that poisons two families. Richards nails the privations and dangers of the profession; she's clearly spent a lot of time in Australia and has delved into the national psyche...Click for more...
and she's turned it into a really mesmerizing read that straddles not only time and culture but the Pacific from San Francisco to the Outback to a little pearling town on the edge of the Indian Ocean. As well, she's managed to delve into a great varieties of personalities and pulled them all off. This is a delicious weekend in a hammock kind of a read. A 4.