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Indelible Ink (edition 2011)

by Fiona McGregor

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Member:michelestjohn
Title:Indelible Ink
Authors:Fiona McGregor
Info:Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (2011), Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Subiaco Library, Read in 2011
Rating:****
Tags:Australian, Tatoos, Mosman, Sydney, Divorce

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Indelible Ink: A Novel by Fiona McGregor

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My review is online here: http://booktothefuture.com.au/?p=1129 ( )
  BooktotheFuture | Mar 30, 2013 |
A moving story about a woman who is compelled to change her life. ( )
  gregandlarry | Sep 25, 2011 |
Women have been reinventing themselves in the novel ever since Elizabeth Bennett but Marie King in Indelible Ink is something else again. Fiona McGregor’s fourth novel has been widely praised, but I read most of Indelible Ink with a sense of fascinated disdain for its central character. Rebellious adolescents are one thing – but a privileged middle-aged women rebelling against her awful children by getting drunk and being sick all over a sofa in a furniture store? Traipsing round Kings’ Cross to get herself plastered in tattoos? Whatever would Jane Austen have thought about that?

Maybe Austen would have understood. Lizzy Bennett’s preoccupation was all about negotiating her way through society’s expectations and constraints to find a life that would satisfy her sense of self-respect, integrity and individuality. Today’s middle-aged women in transition to a new stage in their lives feel the same imperative: it informs Enza Gandolfo’s recent novel Swimming and it’s the underlying issue in Indelible Ink.

The novel expands on the theme of women subverting expectations in Jenny Joseph’s poem ‘Warning’ :

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http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/indelible-ink-by-fiona-mcgregor/
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Marie King is a 59-year-old divorcee from Sydney's affluent north shore. Having devoted her rather conventional life to looking after her husband and three children who have now all departed the family home she is experiencing something of an identity crisis, especially as she must now sell the family home and thus lose her beloved garden.… (more)

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