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Deborah Forster Deborah Forster i(A3082 works by)
Gender: Female
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Deborah Forster grew up in Footscray, Melbourne. She has worked as a staff and freelance journalist and was a 'This Life' columnist on The Age and The Sunday Age.

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y separately published work icon The Meaning of Grace 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.)

2012 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards People's Choice Award
2012 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
y separately published work icon The Book of Emmett 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)

2010 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2010 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2010 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
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