The Resource The Children

The Children

Label
The Children
Title
The Children
Statement of responsibility
Charlotte Wood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From one of Australia's finest writers, a novel that exposes the tenacious grip of childhood, the way siblings seem to grow apart but never do, and the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others.You bring your children up to escape sorrow. You spend your best years trying to stop them witnessing it on television, in you, in your neighbours' faces. Then you realise, slowly, that there is no escape, that they must steer their own way through life's cruelties.In The Children Charlotte Wood, one of Australian fiction's rising stars, delivers a short, sharp shock of a novel that takes you into the heart of a family as normal, and as broken, as any other.When their father is critically injured, foreign correspondent Mandy and her siblings return home, bringing with them the remnants and patterns of childhood. Mandy has lived away from the country for many years. Her head is filled with images of terror and war, and her homecoming to the quiet country town - not to mention her family and marriage - only heightens her disconnection from ordinary life. Cathy, her younger sister, has stayed in regular contact with her parents, trying also to keep tabs on her brother Stephen who, for reasons nobody understands, has held himself apart from the family for years.In the intensive care unit the children sit, trapped between their bewildered mother and one another; between old wounds and forgiveness, struggling to connect with their emotions, their past and each other. But as they wait and watch over their father, there's someone else watching too: a young wardsman, Tony, who's been waiting for Mandy to come home. As he insinuates himself into the family, the pressure, and the threat, intensify and build to a climax of devastating force.This acutely observed novel exposes the tenacious grip of childhood, the way siblings seem to grow apart but never do, and explores the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others - whether far away or uncomfortably close to home. The Children marks Wood as one of our finest writers
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
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10034212
Cataloging source
ANL
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1965-
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Wood, Charlotte
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Children
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1380a618-2799-4d55-a46c-23b61e163ad6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781741766981
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Children
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1380a618-2799-4d55-a46c-23b61e163ad6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781741766981
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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