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Bodies of Light
Bodies of Light | Jennifer Down
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Jennifer Down cements her status as a leading light of Australian literary fiction in this heart-rending and intimate saga of one womans turbulent life
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Lindy
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“I became a new person a long time ago. I‘m more outer-suburban folklore than great unsolved mystery.”
This melancholy novel about a bisexual woman on the run from her tragic past is rather too long in the middle but ultimately satisfying because she is such a vivid and memorable character, tenderly portrayed. #OzFiction #LGBTQ

CarolynM Glad you liked it. I‘m not ready to take it on yet, but I‘m going to try to read it before the end of the year. 1mo
Lindy @CarolynM At first I was surprised that it had received so many accolades, but when I went back through the novel to reread passages I had flagged, I could appreciate Down‘s careful crafting. 1mo
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Lindy
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Sometimes we played Azaria. Someone was Lindy and someone was baby Azaria, someone was the dad and someone was the baddie (murderer, wild dog, evil spirit) and someone was the policeman. Every role other than Lindy was a bit part. Sometimes she was a grief-stricken mother, sometimes a villainous murderer.

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Lindy
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Thinking of our dear friend Jenny Colvin, @ReadingEnvy - she loved finding jacaranda references in her reading. 💜

CarolynM ❤️ 1mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Just finished this 2022 Miles Franklin Award winner. There is some heavy content, but handled in a way that made it somehow palatable/tolerable 🤔. A character-driven page-turner by a young Australian novelist. Bravo 👏. #ozfiction

CarolynM I think I‘ll need to be in the right mood to start this. I saw someone describing it as trauma-porn the other day, which is what I fear it being. I‘m glad to hear it didn‘t strike you that way. 3mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Given that I am somewhat familiar with the child protection world, I may be somewhat desensitised. I think Down has written something pretty powerful. (edited) 3mo
LeeRHarry I have this on my library stack and I have been nervous to pick it up but I really want to give it a go but 🤔 (edited) 3mo
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Jeg
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So beautifully written. This book kept me reading just by the way it is written. It deals with a lot of tragedy and things I could not imagine. I almost didn‘t finish it as I was not in a good space myself at the time. However I kept going as the words flowed along , and I‘m very glad I did. A book so very worthy of the prize.

LeeRHarry Just about to pick this up from the library - glad you enjoyed it 😊 3mo
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Abailliekaras
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I loved this book. I hesitated to read it because of the dark subject-matter but it‘s handled so thoughtfully & Maggie is so engaging that it didn‘t feel heavy (mostly). She‘s a great character, a survivor who is flawed but resilient & smart. It made me think about the children who fall through the cracks & equally, the people who can make a difference. The middle section was hard going but overall I was thoroughly engrossed.

CarolynM Great review. I‘ll get to this one soon. 3mo
Abailliekaras @CarolynM let me know what you think! 3mo
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Abailliekaras
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I loved this book. I hesitated to read it because of the dark subject-matter but it‘s handled so thoughtfully & Maggie is so engaging that it didn‘t feel heavy (mostly). She‘s a great character, a survivor who is flawed but resilient & smart. It made me think about the children who fall through the cracks & equally, the people who can make a difference. The middle section was hard going but overall I was thoroughly engrossed.

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belkel63
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I finished reading this and felt breathless and so sad for the main character, Maggie. And for others like her whose lives are so tortured. This is a novel that will stay with you for a long time...I highly recommend it, but it's very real and may not be for everyone. I found it compulsive reading...had to keep going at a rapid pace to the end.

CarolynM I‘d been resisting this, but I just gave in and bought a copy. Not sure when I‘ll feel like reading it though🥴 3mo
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Hanna-B
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Defo want to read this one, winner of 2022 Miles Franklin award

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KatieB
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Wow. Just wow. I have no idea who recommended this book to me but…wow. After following the hard life of Maggie from childhood to middle age, I feel like I know this woman and am already missing her. I keep wanting to tell other people about her story as if it‘s real. Warning: this is a bleak read (it reminded me of Shuggie Bain) with many trigger warnings. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me and I‘ve already bought another of Jennifer Down‘s books. #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
belkel63 I just finished this. Cried for Maggie. What a novel . 5 stars. 3mo
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