Shortlist year: 
2015
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Penguin Books Australia

About the book

Book cover image: Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett.

Colt Jenson and his brother Bastian have moved to a new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are different.

Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts—toys, bikes, all that glitters—and makes them the envy of the neighbourhood. To Freya Kiley and the other local kids, the Jensons are a family from a magazine, and Rex a hero. Successful, attractive, always there to lend a hand. But to Colt he's an impossible figure in a different way: unbearable, suffocating. Has Colt got Rex wrong, or has he seen something in his father that will destroy their fragile new lives?