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1 11 y separately published work icon The Meaning of Grace Deborah Forster , North Sydney : Vintage , 2012 Z1836258 2012 single work novel

'"Mum is the reference point. If you ever get confused about anything, there she is, waiting with all her knowledge of you."

'Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow him into an early grave, leaving the kids with a lifetime of questioning: what happened to their father; how did he get so sad?

'Between their father's demise and Grace's hardscrabble existence working at a local bakery, each child is left to find meaning on their own. Edie, the eldest child, locks herself into a romantic ideal so lofty that it can't help but fail. The middle child, Juliet, struts and careens through life, filling it only with what she can seduce, steal and manipulate. Sibling rivalry between sisters proves the slowest and fiercest of burns. Love comes easily for Ted, the youngest, but when his wife abandons him to raise two daughters on his own, the perils of fatherhood are laid bare.

'When Grace, the distant, imperfect hub of the family, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the siblings are forced to confront each other as adults, and come to understand their mother.' (From the publisher's website.)

1 Games We Used to Play Leigh Hobbs , Myfanwy Jones , Waleed Aly , Deborah Forster , David Francis , Jane Clifton , Marion Halligan , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 December 2009; (p. 10-11)
A group of writers 'take a nostalgic look back at the world of their childhood summers'. (Editor's abstract)
1 12 y separately published work icon The Book of Emmett Deborah Forster , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1564571 2009 single work novel

'Emmett Brown is as dark as Heathcliff, and as unpredictable. Sometimes he's an inspiration, but not often. He's a man of booze and obsessions: one of them is his "System", an attempt to bend the laws of probability. But when the lottery numbers and horses fail him, so do love and reason, and he becomes an ogre to his wife and children.

'For the innocents - Louisa, Rob, Peter, Daniel and Jessie - the bonds formed hiding in hedges at the end of the street, waiting for the maelstroms to pass, are complex and unbreakable. Over the years, the consequences of Emmett's rages shape both their spirits and psyches, but as he lies dying they discover that love - however imperfect - is the best defence against pain.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Indigenous Issues Pinned on a Brooch Deborah Forster , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 March 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of Butterfly Song Terri Janke , 2005 single work novel
1 An Adult Fairytale, Sweet as Fairy Floss Deborah Forster , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 November 2004; (p. 5)

— Review of I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes Jaclyn Moriarty , 2004 single work novel
1 Hearing the Prayer Deborah Forster , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 September 2001; (p. 8)

— Review of The Feel of Steel Helen Garner , 2001 selected work autobiography prose column essay
1 Surfing the Sea of Summer Memory Deborah Forster , 1998 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 2 January 1998; (p. C1)
1 [Untitled] Deborah Forster , 1998 single work prose biography
— Appears in: The Age , 13 January 1998; (p. 3)
1 The Long Way Deborah Forster , 1995 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 54 no. 3 1995; (p. 550-555)
1 Our First Beaches Deborah Forster , 1994 single work prose
— Appears in: The Age , 12 February 1994; (p. 4)
1 Like the Tigers Do Deborah Forster , 1993 single work short story
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , June vol. 5 no. 2 1993; (p. 20)
1 Women Writers Lead the New Wave in Australian Fiction Deborah Forster , 1985 single work
— Appears in: The National Times , 4-10 October 1985; (p. 24)
1 From the Heart of the Poet Deborah Forster , 1982 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 November 1982; (p. 16)
1 Buzo Fusses to Get It Right, to the Last Detail Deborah Forster , 1980 single work
— Appears in: The Age , 1 March 1980; (p. 24)