ISBN: Share on: Sometimes when you have clear expectations of a book based on its blurb, and then you get an utterly different story, it can be frustrating. It sounded like an excellent story about a baby snatched from a hospital ward but instead it was…an excellent story about something else entirely. Donna-Faye is the third child to be born in the Atley family. Med is the one telling the story here, and what a story it is.
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ISBN: Share on: Sometimes when you have clear expectations of a book based on its blurb, and then you get an utterly different story, it can be frustrating. It sounded like an excellent story about a baby snatched from a hospital ward but instead it was…an excellent story about something else entirely.
Donna-Faye is the third child to be born in the Atley family. Med is the one telling the story here, and what a story it is.
Donna-Faye is not a well girl, not well at all, and Med is trying to explain why. This is a family drama of the highest order. The Atleys may not be that typical in many respects, but they are a family, and they look out for their own. When Donna-Faye starts to get into troubling situations, Med does everything he can to try to help.
But Donna-Faye is not that easy to understand. She does things that are unpredictable, inconsistent and dangerous. She puts herself and others at risk and fails to understand the consequences of her actions. This is a fascinating piece of Australian fiction that I was thoroughly engrossed by.
Med is a rambler. When Kat takes over the narration temporarily, the difference is startling. An educated lawyer who has travelled the world, she is eloquent and objective in her accounts, though her passion for Savannah is undeniable. The style of writing really made the book for me.
It feels in the moment, and I kept urging Med on, willing him to get to the point. These are not people who put another shrimp on the barbie — in fact, the only BBQ mentioned is at the hands of the refugees, not the natives.
Highly recommended in spite of this, I already have a stack of friends queuing up to borrow this one. Thanks go to the publishers for supplying this book. Australian fiction is really doing it for me at the moment.
I Came To Say Goodbye
Tozahn She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping. He writes and writes, taking us back to the probable beginning — when he was just a young bloke ot an eye on a pretty girl. Each character is an oversimplified cliche. From there the novel really steps it up a gear. Their voices are distinct, if not a little stereotyped. Dec 03, Olwen rated it it oevrington amazing.
Follow the Author
Shelves: australian-fiction This is perhaps the book that has most divided myself and my boyfriend. I absolutely loved it, I thought the topic was thoughtful and the style with which it was written was great. My boyfriend however disliked it and thought it would have been better had it been written differently. The reason that I thought it was such an effective book was because of the way you were never quite sure what has happened. For that reason I thought it was brilliant as I was never quite sure where it was going, but because of that my boyfriend hated it. The style in which it is written is also effective, having been written in a letter format. This for me helped to develop the character of Med and Kat Atley as we could read their thoughts and see their honesty more clearly than if Overington had just described them.