The Mothers

The Mothers

Book - 2015
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"Well researched and carefully drawn."-- Library Journal

"Utterly original . . . a remarkable accomplishment."-- The New York Times on Julia Paradise

"Beautifully written and deeply poignant. One of the most satisfying Australian novels I've read in years."--Alex Miller

The Mothers is a book about secrets. It interweaves the lives of three generations of women who learn that it's often the stories we can't tell that shape us and make us who we are. For fans of Colm Tóibín.

Rod Jones 's first novel, Julia Paradise (1986), has been translated into ten languages. His other novels, Prince of the Lilies , Billy Sunday , Nightpictures , and Swan Bay , have all won or been shortlisted for major literary awards.

Publisher: Melbourne : Text Publishing, [2015]
ISBN: 9781922147226
Branch Call Number: FIC JONES 2015
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 13, 2015

An emotionally complex book that captured well the changing attitudes towards single mothers in Australia across the twentieth century. In particular the section about the Mothers and Babies home will stay with me for its emotional rawness. However, I felt that the book suffered with an overload of period detail and that the very simple narrative style deadened the emotional impact.


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