What the Ground Can't Hold
Trade Paperback
What the Ground Can't Hold - Shady Cosgrove


Format: Trade Paperback
Pub date: 01/08/2013
Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Imprint: Picador Australia
Pages: 304
Price: $29.99

Two Americans are presumed dead and nine people are trapped in a cabin after an avalanche in the remote Andes...

Among them is Emma, an Australian faced with an impossible decision that could see her parents jailed.

Jack, a teenager obsessed with Jack Kerouac, guided by a skewed moral compass.

Carmen, a tango dancer whose estranged father is dying of cancer.

Pedro, the cabin manager who's in hiding from those he loves most.

And Wolfe, an American on a deadly family quest.

With food supplies dwindling, these unlikely companions are forced to extremes and discover they are bound by more than their surroundings - each has a secret that links them to Argentina's Dirty War.

What the Ground Can't Hold is a gripping exploration of the ways the past closes in on the present, and destroys the foundations upon which we build our lives.


Shady Cosgrove lives in the Illawarra and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Her memoir She Played Elvis was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Prize, and her short stories and articles have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Antipodes, Southerly, Overland, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.