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The Resource The Science of Appearances

The Science of Appearances

Label
The Science of Appearances
Title
The Science of Appearances
Statement of responsibility
Jacinta Halloran
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
‘Their twin gestation held the kind of sickly fascination usually reserved for some gruesome act of nature: a fly trapped in a huntsman’s web, a snake swallowing a mouse. Blind little babies, so Mary often imagined, curled up together for nine whole months, their spines aligned, sardine-like. Worst of all, they were naked.’Thirteen-year-old twins Dominic and Mary have very different natures: Dominic, quiet and serious, is drawn to the natural world, while Mary, a talented artist, is passionate and imaginative. The country town of Kyneton, still grappling with the legacy of World War II, cannot contain her ambitions for a life of creative endeavour.When their father dies unexpectedly, the reverberations send the two in different directions. Mary escapes to the bohemian haunts of Melbourne while Dominic stays behind, riven by responsibility and an unwavering loyalty to their mother. But the siblings share a special bond, of the kind only twins do, and each struggles with the loss of the other as they begin to carve out new lives. When a secret emerges with the potential to affect them both, will they be drawn together once more?Set in an era of social constraint and profound scientific discovery, The Science of Appearances explores the inexorable pull of the past and the indelible bond we share with those who know us best. Rendered in beautifully evocative prose, this tender, powerful, touching novel shows how the complex interplay of heredity and environment makes, shapes, and sometimes breaks us
Summary
Their twin gestation held the kind of sickly fascination usually reserved for some gruesome act of nature: a fly trapped in a huntsman's web, a snake swallowing a mouse. Blind little babies, so Mary often imagined, curled up together for nine whole months, their spines aligned, sardine-like. Thirteen-year-old twins Dominic and Mary have very different natures: Dominic, quiet and serious, is drawn to the natural world, while Mary, a talented artist, is passionate and imaginative. The country town of Kyneton, still grappling with the legacy of World War 11, cannot contain her ambitions for a life of creative endeavour. When their father dies unexpectedly, the reverberations send the two in different directions. Mary escapes to the bohemian haunts of Melbourne while Dominic stays behind, riven by responsibility and an unwavering loyalty to their mother. But the siblings share a special bond, of the kind only twins do, and each struggles with the loss of the other as they begin to carve out new lives. When a secret emerges with the potential to affect them both, will they be drawn together once more? Set in an era of social constraint and profound scientific discovery, The Science of Appearances explores the inexorable pull of the past and the indelible bond we share with those who know us best. Rendered in beautifully evocative prose, this tender, powerful, touching novel shows how the complex interplay of heredity and environment makes shapes and sometimes breaks us.
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10600253
Cataloging source
ANL
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Halloran, Jacinta
Dewey number
823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Literary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Science of Appearances
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Control code
BORROWBOX:SCR_285909
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925307771
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Science of Appearances
Control code
BORROWBOX:SCR_285909
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925307771
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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