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The Fine Voice of a Fighter,
This review is from: The Fine Colour of Rust (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Loretta describes herself disparagingly as "an old scrag" at all of thirty. Don't believe a word of it. She is a fierce, funny fighter, living in a tiny Australian town which is short of jobs, services and husbands. After 10 years of marriage her husband drove off and never came back.
I really enjoyed this story of a woman fighting to save the local school and other services in the town, standing up for what she believes in and trying to resist the slide into total cynicism and apathy. I'd hate to live in Gunapan, but I'd love to meet Loretta, her kids, and her friend Norm who owns the junkyard.
I hope there are plans to bring O'Reilly's first novel and her short story collection out over here soon, very soon.