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Synopsis: With her husband gone and her memory failing, Kathleen faces old age alone, until her children's callousness and self-absorption force her to take dramatic steps to retain her beloved freedom. By the author of The Slow Natives.
From Kirkus Reviews: A spare, sharp-boned bird of a novel, whose song is wrenchingly sad yet full of indomitable spirit. Astley (The Slow Natives, 1993, etc.) writes of old age, of life slipping past and freedom lost, and of loneliness. As Kathleen, dozing and daydreaming her way into decrepitude and oblivion, looks back over her life, the ``pictures came in savagely illuminated splats,'' edged by disappointment and unnameable desire. The setting is Australia, but the vast emptiness surrounding Astley's characters is a symptom of psychology rather than setting. Kathleen recalls her marriage: ``seeking the idyll yet somehow missing it...Solitariness nibbling away even in the middle of parties, dances, pillow-talk.'' Her husband, ``a tensed sales clerk with the distant crazed eyes of a visionary unable to satisfy his yearnings,'' disappeared into the jungle, searching for his ``new Jerusalem,'' then succumbed, quite willingly, to cancer. Then there were--and are--her two children. The monstrously selfish Shamrock (Sham) took a year off to find herself (`` `Where will you look, dear?' Kathleen had asked mildly'') en route to fulfillment as the wife of a crooked politician and hostess of opulent dinner parties. The somewhat less monstrously selfish Brian (Brain) is miserably married, miserably adulterous, and prone to quoting Tennyson over his breakfast bran. Kathleen--except when available to baby-sit--has become nothing but a burden, a threat to her children's cherished, illusory liberty. When Sham dumps her unceremoniously in a retirement community called Passing Downs, Kathleen makes one last dash for her own freedom. ``It's time to go feral,'' she announces to a stranger. ``Tribes of feral grandmothers holed up in the hills, just imagine it, refusing to take on those time-honoured mindings and moppings up after the little ones while the big ones jaunt into the distance.'' Astley is a marvelous writer and a hilarious, merciless, and poignant truth-teller. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0399139664I4N00
Book Description Putnam Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2680476730
Book Description Putnam Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2749569675
Book Description Putnam Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2749487479
Book Description G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1994. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Collectible-Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. None (illustrator). First Edition. This 4.5 x 7.5 hard cover book has the author's name and title in black lettering on the yellow-orange cover. In Coda, author Thea Astley again demonstrates her gift to "address" matters of the heart and soul that are impervious to the passage of time. 188 pages. Book is in very good condition with light wear; jacket is in good condition with edgewear, rubbing, and soil. Bookseller Inventory # L1497
Book Description G. P. Putnam, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 004497
Book Description Putnam Adult, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0399139664
Book Description Putnam Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 0399139664. Bookseller Inventory # 00002129
Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 16674
Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97803991396663.0