Girls' Night Out!* Leave the kids at home! Meet Fiona Higgins and hear about her new book The Mothers' Group while enjoying a glass of champagne. Fiona Higgins' talk is presented by Get Reading! Get Reading! is Australia’s largest annual celebration of books and reading, which encourages all Australians to pick up a book, put up their feet and get reading! About The Mothers' Group The Mothers’ Group tells the story of six very different women who agree to meet regularly soon after the births of their respective babies. Set during the first crucial year of their babies’ lives, The Mothers’ Group tracks the women’s individual journeys – and the group’s collective one – as they navigate birth and motherhood as well as the shifting ground of their relationships with their partners. GINIE, a successful partner in a big legal firm, returns to work a month after her baby is born. MADE (pron. mar-day) is a young Balinese woman married to a much older Australian man. SUZIE, a single mother, is struggling to bring up her daughter on her own. MIRANDA longs to bond with her sunny baby but finds herself increasingly distracted – and frustrated – by her spoilt and demanding toddler stepson. PIPPA is suffering from an injury incurred during the birth of her child but is unable to talk about her problem. CARA, whose marriage is turned upside down after meeting a long-lost love. Each woman struggles in her own way to become the mother she wants to be, and finds herself becoming increasingly reliant on the friendship and support of the members of the mothers’ group. Until one day an unthinkably shocking event changes everything, testing their bonds and revealing closely-held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives. The Mothers’ Group is an unflinching and compelling portrait of the modern family in all its complexity and intensity: love, sex and marriage and all the joys and tension of raising children in an increasingly complicated world. Moving, provocative, tender and utterly gripping, The Mothers’ Group will draw you in and never let you go. About Fiona Higgins Fiona Higgins lives in Sydney and is a mother to three children under five. She has a successful career in philanthropy helping high net worth individuals and families make strategic social investment decisions for the benefit of the community. She lived in Indonesia for a year in 1997 after completing her university studies and became an Indonesian translator, before moving to rural Australia and getting married in 2005. She has even ridden a bicycle 16,455 kilometres around the country to raise funds for a charitable initiative she established. Fiona currently serves on a number of boards in the non-profit sector including the Caledonia Foundation and the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation of NSW. Her first book, Love in the Age of Drought, is a memoir about falling in love with a farmer, leaving Sydney and moving to rural Queensland. The Mothers' Group is her first novel. Find out more about Fiona Higgins http://www.fionahiggins.com.au/ Find Fiona Higgins' books in our libraries http://library.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/HOME *blokes welcome too! Dates / Times Arana Hills Library, Wednesday 04 April 2012, 6.30pm Cost No charge Bookings Bookings for this event are required. Contact Arana Hills Library (07) 3351 3401 (alexdaw)
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