From the author of "Gilgamesh" - long listed for the Orange Prize - comes "The Good Parents", a tale of loss and longing that gets right to the heart of the struggle to do good and be good whilst trying to find a place to belong. Maya de Jong, an eighteen-year-old country girl from the West, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss, the enigmatic Maynard Flynn, whose wife is dying of cancer. When Maya's parents, Toni and Jacob, arrive to stay with her, they are told by her house mate that Maya has gone away and no one knows where she is. As Toni and Jacob wait and search for Maya in Melbourne, everything in their lives is brought into question. They recall the yearning and dreams, the betrayals and choices of their pasts - choices with unexpected and irrevocable consequences. With Maya's disappearance, the lives of all those close to her come into focus, to reveal the complexity of the ties that bind us to one another, to parents, children, siblings, friends and lovers. Pacy and enthralling, "The Good Parents" is at once a vision of contemporary life and a story as old as fairy tales: that of a runaway girl.
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"'If London never writes another word, The Good Parents is more than enough... Achingly good.' Cath Kenneally, Australian 'Wise, true, funny, tragic... The quality of observation, close-focus and long-range, is so sharp you'll jab Post-it notes on every page. Every character, completely understood from the inside, is matchlessly right and irreplaceable.' Cath Kenneally, Australian 'Underwritten by a wealth of human understanding... the results are as powerful as they are unsettling.' Michael McGirr, Sydney Morning Herald 'London's dark and lovely work is both a novel of ideas and one of emotions... the mystery of enthrallment only deepens, irradiated by London's gorgeous prose.' Roxana Robinson, New York Times 'London pulls off the tricky feat of making the act of reflection suspenseful, turning the past into a living, unfinished thing, still bristling with what could be.' New Yorker"About the Author:
Joan London is the author of two prize-winning collections of stories published in Australia. A bestseller in its native Australia, Gilgamesh, was published by Atlantic Books in 2003 and was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Dublin Impac Prize, awarded the Age Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award.
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Book Description Atlantic Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 184887023X