Valley of Grace

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Allen & Unwin, Mar 1, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Marion Halligan returns to her heartland: the literary novel.

It's Paris. Fanny and Gérard fall in love in a way that surprises even them as their lives fill with good sex and loving companionship. But they long for a child to complete their happiness. Two of Fanny's lesbian friends feel similarly driven by the need to have a child. But how to make that possible?

Jean-Marie is an internationally regarded professor of philosophy whose adoring female students are willing sexual partners fulfilling the tenets of his libertarianism. But perhaps philosophy can't bear the weight of human emotion.

When Gérard buys a beautiful old house in the suburbs, the disturbing contents of the attic bind the stories in an intriguing and darkly disturbing knot. WC

Valley of Grace is a lyrical work full of hope and children, written by one of Australia's most loved novelists at the height of her literary powers. Savour this book.

'. Cracking with life and mortality . Halligan's magical word pictures have that serene intensity that is now her trademark.' Robert Dessaix

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

Patchy. Very good at its best. Only so-so at other times. Definitely worth reading . At times I felt like I was being given a lesson about French culture and history, or that maybe the author was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Magdalena.Ball - LibraryThing

Like it’s delicate burnished cover, Valley of Grace has an understated richness. It’s a quiet novel in that there is little overt dialogue, and the action takes place slowly, carefully, observed ... Read full review

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The Masonry Dancer
Valley of Grace
Possessed by the God
The Critical Period
Can You Plant a Cabbage Right?
Composing the Day
The Boilermakers Garden
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Marion Halligan is one of Australia's most important writers, with a long list of literary prizes to her credit. She has been short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and has been awarded the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year (three times), the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year and the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. She lives in Canberra and has an AM for services to literature.

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