Joan Makes History

Kate Grenville, Author British American Publishing $17.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-945167-09-9
The brilliant Australian author of the award-winning Lillian's Story achieves something utterly original and moving in this fanciful feminist epic. Male readers need not cringe, however: Joan (who appeared briefly in Lillian's Story ) may be thoroughly unconventional, yearning for a more striking role in life, but her sympathies embrace all of humankind, and the portrait of her good but unimaginative husband Duncan is profoundly moving and perceptive. Chapters from Joan's own life are interspersed with imagined moments in Australian history in which Joan plays a role: as Captain Cook's proud wife in the discovery of the continent, as a female convict first to set foot in Botany Bay, as an Aboriginal woman, as dozens of unsung, hardworking and invisible women who toiled skeptically alongside the men who starred in, and wrote, the history books. Funny and sometimes piercingly poignant, Grenville offers an unblinking and unsentimental view of life's underside; her book is an often poetic treasure. (November)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
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