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The experience of working for Violet Trench in her small-town cafe in the summer of 1963 shapes the lives of a group of women including Jessie Sandal, who follows Violet's influence as far as Cambodia.
Fiona Kidman explores family relationships and the difficult journey to female independence.
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Dame Fiona Kidman OBE is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.Review:
'Songs from the Violet Cafe is a fine book beautifully written. From the "uneasy earth" of Rotorua to the "immense bright terrifying landscape" of Cambodia, the novel's settings are vivid and adroit. It contains much potential sensation - domestic violence, illicit sexual connections, deaths and disappearances, and the desolation and venality of a country at war - but there's also a wry humour, every intense emotion and extreme event filitered through Kidman's cool precise prose.' Dominion Post
‘A fascinating read’Red Magazine
‘A gripping historical read’Woman’s Own
‘A thrilling tale of adventure and heartbreak – Kidman has triumphantly brought this inspirational heroine to life’The Lady
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