'Lark had always planned to run away, to wander around the world . . . But when she saw Donna Bird creeping up the gangplank of the little freighter, she felt a certain dread and a regret at having agreed to take this ship to New York.'
Lark Watter, the student daughter of Henry and Mrs Watter embarks on a voyage of self-discovery with a mixture if courage and innocent hopefulness - her ensuing adventures are full of profound comedy and peopled by awful characters, and all is related with Adams' trademark zany wit, sophistication and narrative exuberance.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award.