(From the publisher):
This verse novel is set in Sydney in the late 1930s and concerns a group of female dance band musicians working on the harbour ferries. Lizzy Rivers All Girl Band is on the verge of a national and international breakthrough when the lead singer, Lizzy Rivers, disappears overboard and drowns. The story is told from the viewpoint of Emma, the drummer, who becomes increasingly convinced that the groupís manager Sam is responsible (even though the inquest rules out this possibility). As the band collapses with Lizzyís death and the advent of war, Emma, who now has a child, starts to devote herself to seeking revenge against Sam. The book is written in verse, entirely from Emmaís point of view in her working class idiom, and tells a story not only of the numerous female dance band musicians of the time but also of the lengths to which a woman will go to seek her own version of justice. It gives a strong sense of Sydney in the late 1930s and the lively and diverse personalities who make up the band. The novel is at once a portrayal of a period and dramatic presentation of one personís determination, against many odds, to rectify a wrong she is certain has been done.
Original title: Drumming on Water
Genre: Poetry→ Epic and Narrative Poetry
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics→ Novels In Verse