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The Returns
The Returns | Philip Salom
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Elizabeth posts a 'room for rent' notice in Trevor's bookshop and is caught off-guard when Trevor answers the ad himself. She expected a young student not a middle-aged bookseller whose marriage has fallen apart. But Trevor is attracted to Elizabeth's house because of the empty shed in her backyard, the perfect space for him to revive the artistic career he abandoned years earlier. The face-blind, EH Holden-driving Elizabeth is a solitary and feisty book editor, and she accepts him, on probation... Miles Franklin finalist Philip Salom has a gift for depicting the inner states of his characters with empathy and insight. In this poignant yet upbeat novel the past keeps returning in the most unexpected ways. Elizabeth is at the beck and call of her ageing mother, and the associated memories of her childhood in a Rajneesh community. Trevor's Polish father disappeared when Trevor was fifteen, and his mother died not knowing whether he was dead or alive. The authorities have declared him dead, but is he? The Returns is a story about the eccentricities, failings and small triumphs that humans are capable of, a novel that pokes fun at literary and artistic pretensions, while celebrating the expansiveness of art, kindness and friendship. 'Philip Salom...dissects the vulnerabilities of the human condition (loneliness, fear of intimacy, powerlessness, guilt), the power of the past to haunt us, the fear of the future to mire us, and the redemptive effects of love and acceptance.' Miles Franklin Award Judges on Waiting 'A tour de force of sustained affection and wit.' Australian Book Review on Waiting
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CarolynM
The Returns | Philip Salom
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Mehso-so

I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. The central characters were interesting and so was their relationship, there were some good observations, some poking of fun at the literary and artistic worlds and some nice local colour. My problem was that there were also quite a few elements that didn't work for me - some unconvincing and some just uninteresting. #ozfiction

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CarolynM
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#BookReport

Finished my bedtime romance Gilded Cage by KJ Charles which I thoroughly enjoyed, now halfway through One Step Back by Edie Danford. Haven't spent as much time as usual on the couch so I'm only 2/3 through a The Returns - the story is OK but there are a lot of passages about things that don't add much to the story or characters and aren't very interesting. 1/2 way through Before the Coffee Gets - it's holding my interest.

Cinfhen I‘m intrigued with 1mo
Freespirit I‘m reading Before the coffee gets cold too...we can compare notes! 1mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen , that one sounds great. And I have a weak spot for all Japanese fiction of course 😀 1mo
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CarolynM @BarbaraBB I'll send it to you when I'm finished and you can send it on to @Cinfhen 🙂 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s so sweet @CarolynM You cool with that @BarbaraBB it‘s like an around the globe coffee date/ book club ☕️ 1mo
BarbaraBB That is so sweet indeed. I‘d love, that Carolyn 💝 (edited) 1mo
Centique Hi Carolyn. I‘m sending you a parcel from Book Depository - thought I‘d do it early because it may take weeks and weeks - but it‘s a Christmas present. Thought it would be sensible to send the book component with free shipping! 😊🤞💕 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Thank you, Paula, you really are too kind 😘 I didn't get around to sending those books last week but I'll do it in the next couple of days. 1mo
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CarolynM
The Returns | Philip Salom
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I still haven't decided if I like this book, but it certainly has its moments. Philip Salom has been around the Australian literary scene for a while. I'm sure he has an author in mind here, I'd love to know who it is. And I snort-laughed at the last sentence.

Cathythoughts His punctuation ... 👍😂good description 1mo
JennyM 😆😆😆 1mo
TrishB Great shade as my daughter would say 😁 1mo
Rissreads ❤🤣 1mo
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CarolynM
The Returns | Philip Salom
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I know we're heading for summer when Leo prefers the back of the couch to one of the beanbags. I'm not sure about this book but I'm not bailing yet.

BarbaraBB I love the cover though... 1mo
Cathythoughts Leo looks happy out 🖤 gorgeous shine he has 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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CarolynM
The Returns | Philip Salom
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#WeeklyForecast

Left: On the couch book
Top right: Handbag book
Bottom right: Bedtime book

BarbaraBB That cover of the left one 😍😍 1mo
Cinfhen I love how your books serve a location 😁🛋👜🛌♥️ 1mo
Kalalalatja What a striking cover 😍 1mo
Freespirit I like that idea.. for me the locations are couch/bed/ verandah then it‘s audio for car or walking then another to take in handbag/ to work😊 1mo
Cathythoughts Now that‘s organization for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 1mo
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