Merle Thornton After Moonlight

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After Moonlight

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Claire is a thirty-seven year old woman spiralling out of control following the breakdown of her seven year relationship. In this lively, energetic novel the reader is drawn into Claire s world, and faces up to the trials and comic perplexities of a professional woman in contemporary Australia. This novel is an exhilarating trip through feisty Claire s escapades in the course of a turbulent life. The themes in this novel will hold relevance for anyone who s survived the demise of a relationship, and particularly women. There are few women for whom Claire s challenges will be unfamiliar.

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Merle Thornton is one of Australia s best known feminist activists. In 1965 she chained herself to the bar rail at the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane to protest against the legal exclusion of women from public bars in Queensland. Soon after she formed the Equal Opportunities for Women Association, and as its president led a successful campaign to eliminate the marriage bar which had excluded married women from career public service in Australia. The mother of leading Australian actor Sigrid Thornton, Merle has an extensive body of published work in the social theory of feminism and has written documentaries, as well as episodes for the television drama series Prisoner. After Moonlight is her first novel.

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Merle Thornton, prominent feminist activist and mother to Sigrid, has been dabbling in creative writing for some time. Her first novel, After Moonlight, follows the turbulent life of Claire, a 37-year-old part-time filmmaker and academic. Claire is in the throes of a relationship breakdown, which leads to some bizarre behaviour as she stalks her former lover, has a rebound that comes unsprung, creates a share household of hand-picked eccentric and troubled individuals, and fights the good fight on the career front. Thornton has a zany and perceptive sense of humour and a talent for getting into the head of her comic heroine. Her descriptions of bohemian Carlton will raise a knowing smirk from anyone who s lived there. Comparisons to Sex and the City would not be amiss this is an irreverent romantic comedy, alive with local colour, that centres on the trials of an independent urban woman. --Cameron Woodhead, The Age, Melbourne

In a Quest reading Claire becomes a very fallible female hero who climbs a high mountain (Hong Kong s Mount Victoria on a naughty long weekend) to confront her demons and slay the evil power-knowledges that have entrapped her. She is then able to leap into another genre to construct a new identity for herself, a new story in which she is victor rather than victim. So next time you visit your local, pleasure raise your glass to Merle Thornton, not only for her decades of feminist activism, but also for the genre-bending threads she has plaited and spliced and plied together into this, her true fiction about the internal contradictions so many of us white middle-class women still struggle to resolve in the real world . --Merrill Findlay, Overland

After Moonlight is partly about the need for women to locate themselves outside patriarchal structures quite a difficult task in a patriarchal society. This is something Claire, exploited by a corporatised university, attracted to powerful men and wanting children, has to work through. --Maria Takalander, The Australian Book Review

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