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The meaning of Grace, Deborah Forster

Label
The meaning of Grace
Title
The meaning of Grace
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Deborah Forster
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mum is the reference point. If you ever get confused about anything, there she is, waiting with all her knowledge of you.' Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow him into an early grave, leaving the kids with a lifetime of questioning: what happened to their father; how did he get so sad? Between their father's demise and Grace's hardscrabble existence working at a local bakery, each child is left to find meaning on their own. Edie, the eldest child, locks herself into a romantic ideal so lofty that it can't help but fail. The middle child, Juliet, struts and careens through life, filling it only with what she can seduce, steal and manipulate. Sibling rivalry between sisters proves the slowest and fiercest of burns. Love comes easily for Ted, the youngest, but when his wife abandons him to raise two daughters on his own, the perils of fatherhood are laid bare. When Grace, the distant, imperfect hub of the family, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the siblings are forced to confront each other as adults, and come to understand their mother. Written with her hallmark warmth, humour and deftness of observation, Deborah Forster's follow-up novel to the Miles Franklin shortlisted The Book of Emmett is a moving story of the loves and rivalries that burn at the heart of every family, and the meaning that comes from it
Summary
Mum is the reference point. If you ever get confused about anything, there she is, waiting with all her knowledge of you.' Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow him into an early grave, leaving the kids with a lifetime of questioning: what happened to their father; how did he get so sad? Between their father's demise and Grace's hardscrabble existence working at a local bakery, each child is left to find meaning on their own. Edie, the eldest child, locks herself into a romantic ideal so lofty that it can't help but fail. The middle child, Juliet, struts and careens through life, filling it only with what she can seduce, steal and manipulate. Sibling rivalry between sisters proves the slowest and fiercest of burns. Love comes easily for Ted, the youngest, but when his wife abandons him to raise two daughters on his own, the perils of fatherhood are laid bare. When Grace, the distant, imperfect hub of the family, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the siblings are forced to confront each other as adults, and come to understand their mother
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Storyline
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Award
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, People's Choice, 2012.
Additional physical form
Also available in electronic version via Internet.
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10120436
Cataloging source
ANL
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Forster, Deborah
Dewey number
A823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • Single mothers
  • Families
Target audience
adult
Label
The meaning of Grace, Deborah Forster
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Publication
Control code
000047942550
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
273 p.
Isbn
9781742755342
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Label
The meaning of Grace, Deborah Forster
Publication
Control code
000047942550
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
273 p.
Isbn
9781742755342
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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