Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet is a book about finding one’s place in the world and the search for meaning in life. From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.
Cloudstreet belongs to an Australian cultural tradition of family sagas and yarns – as well as to that universal tradition of telling stories in order to find meaning in the chaos of
existence. Each of its characters carries with them a small ‘history’ which, in turn, becomes part of a complicated, rambling series of stories. Seen together, these strands convey
the idea that we are all, in our hearts, inextricably linked to each other via the networks we are part of: family, suburb, city, nation.