Jack Cornock's medical condition, of which his obstinate silence is supposedly a symptom, manages to fan speculation within the families of his two marriages on the revised terms of his last will. After twenty years in Rome, Jack's only kindred daughter, Sylvia, is making what she intends to be her last visit to her native Sydney; and although she is unaware of her father's physical decline she is thought to have mercenary motives. Because of her aspirations on behalf of country and kin, Sylvia is reluctantly caught up in these thickening skeins of estrangement and the inevitable revival of an earlier, foiled liaison. Her repressed discontentmens bursting at the seams, she strikes out at the discontinuity and parochialisms of her country in a compelling blend of sympathy, pathos and expatriate objectivity. 'The Impersonators' is a freshly crafted and supremely modern award-winning novel (Miles Franklin Award, 1980; New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, 1981; Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 1981), detailing with humour and outstanding perception the fracturing of family relationships and the endurance of love in an increasingly materialistic age. --- Jessica Margaret Queale Anderson was an Australian novelist and short story writer. She died in Sydney aged 93 on 9 July 2010.
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Book Description Macmillan, South Melbourne, 1980. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. With round gold sticker affixed to front panel of dustjacket: "Winner of the 1980 Miles Franklin Award". The wraparound dustjacket illustration is a detail from Charles Blackman's painting Dreaming in the Street. With b&w photograph of the author to rear inner flap. "Anderson's fifth novel, The Impersonators, published in 1980, won her the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award for the second time. The novel enjoyed further critical acclaim when, in 1981, it won the Christina Stead Fiction Award at the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Renamed The Only Daughter for publication in the United States, the novel details Sylvia Foley's return to Australia after having lived in England for twenty years. Having come to the conclusion that worldly possessions and marriage are the main stumbling blocks to achieving freedom, Sylvia returns to find each of her Australian relatives bound by both constraints, making them 'impersonators'. The Impersonators is a freshly crafted and supremely modern novel detailing with humour and outstanding perception the fracturing of family relationships and the endurance of love in an increasingly materialistic age." Printed in Hong Kong. Bound in original black boards with white lettering to spine, in publisher's unclipped pictorial dustjacket. A very nice clean tight solid hardcover copy. 252pp. Uncommon in any edition, scarce first edition. RARE. SB-101. Size: 22 x 14.5cm. Bookseller Inventory # 023003