Taking shelter

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Penguin Books, Mar 1, 1991 - Fiction - 240 pages
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First paperback issue of the most recent novel by the award-winning author whose previous book, TStories From the Warm Zone', was the 1987 TAge' Book of the Year. The novel explores the relationships between different generations of people in an era where there are no rules about the age, gender or faithfulness of lovers.

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This novel chronicles relationships among a community of friends and family in contemporary Sydney. Twenty-year-old Beth Jeams stumbles from an unfulfilling romance with a questionably celibate ... Read full review


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Born in Brisbane, Australia, Jessica Anderson has lived mainly in Sydney, Australia. The cosmopolitan city has been the setting for much of her work, including her first novel, An Ordinary Lunacy (1963), which satirizes Sydney society. The Last Man's Head followed in 1970. On one level it is a detective novel, but its psychological approach and moral vision lend it depth. Anderson's birthplace figures in her third novel, The Commandant (1975), which contains a vivid account of a penal settlement in the early nineteenth century. The historically based story focuses in part on how women fare in such a place, the role of women in society being a recurrent theme in Anderson's work. Her best-known book is Tirra Lirra by the River (1978), which retraces the life of a 70-year-old bedridden woman. The Impersonators (1980) examines the way money affects a Sydney family's outward lives. Anderson's novel Taking Shelter (1989), again examines Sydney society, this time in contemporary terms as the characters deal with their sexuality in the age of AIDS. Although Anderson did not begin to write novels until after she was 40 or so, she has established herself as a major figure both in Australia and abroad. Noted for varied and exact characterization, spare narrative strategies, lyrical style, subtle irony, and truthfully rendered dialogue, Anderson has made skillful use of the society she knows best to observe and delineate basic human conflicts.

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