Title: Wearing Paper Dresses
Authors: Brinsden, Anne
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 371
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: City girl Elise is like a fish-out-of-water when she and husband Bill and daughters Majorie and Ruby move from Melbourne to Bill's childhood home in the Mallee in Northern Victoria. Red sand, short stubby trees, no shade, a sunburnt land with no place for the glamorous and sophisticated Elise. As the reality of life in the Mallee bites and Elise become increasingly fragile, the family struggles to meet the challenges of outback life.

Evocative of time and place, this is a memorable and illuminating story of 1950s rural Australia.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I was well and truly swept up by this book. There are moments to both cry and laugh over."

"Very clever writing."

"The author treats the Mallee (where they live) as a character in the book with its deceptive vegetation, lack of water and endless dust making the lives of farmers a constant battle."

"I loved the personification of the house as being wilful and uncompromising with its occupants."

"The distinctive prose style captures the reader immediately."

"A fascinating look at mental health and its impact on family members."

"The rigors of drought-ridden farming in Australia is portrayed very well."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Grief/loss, Medical/Health, Psychology, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Australia, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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