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The Impersonators

by Jessica Anderson

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At the beginning of the book Jack Cornock is dying; mid-way through he is dead, leaving a widow, a former wife, and a number of adult children. Sylvia, a product of the first marriage, has returned from teaching in Europe to live (perhaps temporarily) in Sydney of the 1970s, which seen throgh her eyes is a dull and unsatisfactory sort of place.

In the end, it's about money and inheritance. The characters are nicely drawn. But in the end I found it all a bit bland. ( )
  broughtonhouse | Dec 3, 2010 |
Part of book project. Family novel. Spoiler Alert:
This was readable. I don't know how believable. The sister who was going to run off with the stepbrother because he is rich but didn't because she met his horrible mother? Most of the characters were pretty much on the surface. One thing that bothered me is that practically on the last page she talks about Greta (the widow) and says "she presented unlikely ground for the regeneration that would become apparent in a few months time, and would take such an unexpected form." But that's all she says, what is the point of saying that, I don't get it? Unless there is a sequel....
  franoscar | Apr 27, 2009 |
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Australia, 1977. In his mid-seventies, Jack Cornock has just suffered a stroke, but his two families seem less concerned about his inability to speak than who will eventually inherit from his considerable will. When Sylvia, his only daughter and favorite child, suddenly returns home from twenty years of living in Europe, nearly everyone is suspicious of why she has chosen to come back now- and what her homecoming will mean....There is Greta, Sylvia's stepmother, proud, independent, yet financially reliant on Jack....Greta's children by her first marrige, two sons and two daughters, concerned about their mother's security, but caught up in their own marital and family problems....Molly, Sylvia's mother, outspoken and vulgar, fond of her son Stewart, yet uneasy with her newly returned daughter....

Filled with the marvellous characters, humour, and brilliant dialogue that distinguished Tirra Lirra by the River, The Only Daughter is a rich and compelling story of family ties and modern manners.
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