Blue Skies

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Text Publishing, Feb 28, 2011 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Helen Hodgman's classic novel, with an introduction by Danielle Wood.

A young wife and mother watches a clock that seems forever stuck at three-in-the-afternoon. Her neighbour obsesses over the front lawn, and the women at the local beach chatter about knitting patterns. Her husband didn't come home last night.

She lives for Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the baby is with Mother-in-law and she can escape to a less humdrum life. Jonathan, man about town, is Tuesday. Ben, a freethinking artist, is Thursday.

But Jonathan is in serious trouble, and Thursdays are turning sour. Very sour.

A brilliant, acerbic tale of a crack-up in stultifying suburbia, Blue Skies marked the emergence of a unique voice in Australian fiction.

'A joy to read.' The Times

 

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Blue Skies is Helen Hodgman’s debut novel, written in 1976. This edition includes an insightful introduction by Danielle Wood. The setting is 1970’s Tasmanian suburbia. The story is narrated by a ... Read full review

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Helen Hodgman is the author of the novels Blue Skies (1976), Jack and Jill (1978; winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Broken Words (1988; winner of the Christina Stead Prize), Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting for Matindi (1998) and The Bad Policeman (2001).

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