Kathleen is facing old age alone. Her husband gone, she finds herself, much to her distress, slowly losing her capacity for memory. She despises her children's callousness and self-absorption: her son "Brain" is too caught up in pursuing his own illusive freedom and identity; her daughter Shamrock and Shamrock's ruthless land-developing husband have neither the patience nor the empathy to allow Kathleen to live as she pleases. Faced with losing everything she loves or once loved, Kathleen is forced to take drastic action, while there's still time, to hold on to her beloved freedom.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing
Such a sad little story of an elderly woman's life, memories, eventual decay into senility but with a steely backbone of defiance and humour which stops it becoming too depressing. Loved the Australian setting and vocabulary. Read full review
CODAUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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 ... Read full review