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An Off-beat but excellent read,
This review is from: Digging to Australia (Hardcover)
In 'Digging to Australia' a traumatic year in the life of 13 year old Jennifer unfolds through her own eyes. She grapples with the ususal teenage stuff of awakening independence, sexuality and dread of unpopularity. In her case these are compounded by the shock of discovering the truth about her unconventional family and beng drawn towards a strange loner.
The unprepossessing setting for this is the suburbs of the late 1960's. Although this world of Jennifer's is circumscribed, it is vividly real. We are drawn into its curious events and Jennifer's intense emotional life. Glaister captures with real accuracy the teenager's perspective -the disturbing sense of having new and sometimes far from innocent feelings and that of the things now happening seeming overwhelmingly important.
'Digging to Australia' is subtle. The ambiguities in its ending -with questions surrounding a disturbing final plot twist left unanswered -suggests a possibility that the events of adolescence, so cataclysmic at the time, may turn out to be less so in retrospect.