Monday, March 31, 2008

Coda by Thea Astley

Details: First published 1993; cover shown is the 1994 Minerva Books (Aust) paperback. 188p.

Mooched from Australia.

"Granny Dumping has become a popular Christmas phenomenon. Kathleen sees it as only a matter of time before she too is a dumped granny. Between her son Brian and his straying wife, and her daughter Shamrock and hubby, there is no longer a place for Kathleen. But Passing Downs Old People's Home is also not the place for a woman like Kathleen. She is not ready for that and they're not ready for her.

Thea Astley's brilliant satire on old age shimmers with grief and irony. Our most important contemporary novelist, Thea Astley is at her most wickedly funny and pertinent in Coda."

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