We first meet Laura, a 50-ish doctor who is no longer licensed to practice, as she is returning home to Australia by ship after touring Europe. She finds herself attracted to Andrea, a blonde young woman who reminds her of the beloved palomino horses that she sees every day from the verandahs of her country house. Eventually Andrea comes to stay with Laura on her farm, ushering in an idyllic emotional season. The loving relationship that develops between the two women is complicated; secrets from Laura's past and the mysterious connection between her and Andrea, whose story is told also, through her own words, add suspense and tragedy to the novel. With impeccable skill Jolley (Foxybaby; Milk and Honey reveals Laura's thoughts, feelings and insights, her sensitivity and strength of character, adding up to an affecting portrait of a complex and vulnerable woman. The descriptions of her life on the farm are moving, and of Laura's intolerable tenants, hilarious. Jolley's eye for detail and her accurate ear for dialogue vivify this intimate and honest narrative. (June 2)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1980 Release date: 01/01/1980 Genre: Fiction
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