"It is 2001. 438 refugees sit in a boat called Tampa off the shoreline of Australia, while the TV and radio scream out that the country is being flooded, inundated, overrun by migrants.
Antonio Martone, once a migrant himself, has been forced to retire, his wife has moved in with the woman next door, his daughter runs off with strange men, his deadbeat son is hiding in the garden smoking marijuana. Amid his growing paranoia, the ghost of his dead friend shows up and commands him to paint No More Boats in giant letters across his front yard.
The Prime Minister of Australia keeps telling Antonio that we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstance in which they come, Antonio not sure he wants to think about all those things that led him to get on a boat and come to Australia in the first place. A man and a nation unravel together."--Back cover.
Includes bibliographical references.
Highly Commended Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2018
Miles Franklin Longlist 2018