The Dressmaker: A Novel

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Duffy & Snellgrove, Sep 8, 2015 - Australian fiction - 296 pages
The bestseller from the author of the upcoming new novel The Year of the Farmer. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING KATE WINSLET AND LIAM HEMSWORTHTilly Dunnage has come home to care for her mad old mother. She left the small Victorian town of Dungatar years before, and became an accomplished couturier in Paris. Now she earns her living making exquisite frocks for the people who drove her away when she was ten. Through the long Dungatar nights, she sits at her sewing machine, planning revenge.The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters. The major motion picture also stars Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, and extras from the author's hometown of Jerilderie.PRAISE FOR THE DRESSMAKER"[Rosalie Ham] is a true original. Blessed with an astringently unsentimental tone and a talent for creating memorably eccentric characters, Ham also possesses a confidently brisk and mischievous sense of plot. It's no wonder The Dressmaker, a tale of small-town couture and revenge, is being adapted for film." The Sydney Morning Herald"It's clear we're visiting a small 1950s town not of history but as imagined by Tim Burton: the gothic, polarized world of Edward Scissorhands... Ham has real gifts as a writer of surfaces and pictures, bringing Tilly's frocks to surprising, animated life." The New York Times Book Review"Ham's eye for the absurd, the comical, and the poignant are highly tuned. [The Dressmaker] is a first novel to be proud of, and definitely one to savor." The Weekend Australian"The book's true pleasures involve the way Rosalie Ham has small-town living down pat...she channels welcome shades of British novelist Angela Carter's sly, funny, and wickedly Gothic adornments...Blunt, raw and more than a little fantastical, the novel exposes both the dark and the shimmering lights in our human hearts." The Boston Globe"With the retribution of Carrie, the quirkiness of Edward Scissorhands, and the scandal of Desperate Housewives..." Booklist

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User Review  - elizabethcfelt - LibraryThing

Tillie Dunnage returns to her small, rural Australian town to care for her mentally ill mother. Something mysterious happened many years ago that make the residents of Dungatar loathe Tillie. She is ... Read full review

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User Review  - astridnr - LibraryThing

This one was definitely not my cup of tea, and I certainly hope the movie is more enjoyable than the book. I found it very difficult to stay focused while reading. Was wondering if it was the writer's ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Rosalie Ham worked in aged care until The Dressmaker, her first novel, became a best seller. She now teaches literature and has published the acclaimed novels Summer At Mount Hope and There Should Be More Dancing.

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