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Finding Jasper by [Leonhardt, Lynne]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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William Yeoman: ‘Lynne Leonhardt's luminous debut novel evokes a bygone Western Australia with the hard clarity and emotional deftness of Tim Winton, while weaving together themes of childhood, family, love and loss as bittersweetly as central character Gin's beloved Schumann did in his piano music.’  

Brenda Walker: ‘Finding Jasper offers the reader a wonderful experience of the fine grain of a time that has passed: the tensions and passions of lives which have had their direction changed by war and the loss or restitution of love.’ 

Natasha Lester: "Good Wives and Missing Husbands". 

This is the story of Gin, a baby born during the second world war to war bride Valerie. The titular Jasper is Gin’s father, whom she never meets. Valerie brings Gin out to Australia, to Jasper’s home, a farm in WA’s southwest, to wait out the end of the war in the hopes of Jasper returining. He never does. The novel is essentially about the repercussions that the absence of Jasper has on the lives of Valerie, Gin, and Jasper’s sister Attie.

I liked the strong female characters in this book, Attie in particular. I liked the way this book was written – you can tell it has taken the author time and care to craft each sentence. I did find the first part of the book a little slow but it certainly picks up the pace and carries you smoothly to the end by about halfway through. The novel’s evocation of place, in particular the farm in the south-west is just lovely.

I think many people would enjoy this book, especially those who enjoy historical fiction, where the recreation of a specific time and place is as intrinsic to the book as the story.

This is the story of Gin, a baby born during the second world war to war bride Valerie. The titular Jasper is Gin’s father, whom she never meets. Valerie brings Gin out to Australia, to Jasper’s home, a farm in WA’s southwest, to wait out the end of the war in the hopes of Jasper returining. He never does. The novel is essentially about the repercussions that the absence of Jasper has on the lives of Valerie, Gin, and Jasper’s sister Attie.

I liked the strong female characters in this book, Attie in particular. I liked the way this book was written – you can tell it has taken the author time and care to craft each sentence. I did find the first part of the book a little slow but it certainly picks up the pace and carries you smoothly to the end by about halfway through. The novel’s evocation of place, in particular the farm in the south-west is just lovely.

I think many people would enjoy this book, especially those who enjoy historical fiction, where the recreation of a specific time and place is as intrinsic to the book as the story.

Bron Sibree: Writing for “The West Australian” (20 Nov 2012) Bron Sibree describes the novel as "beguiling…at one level a moving exploration of the legacy of loss and war across three generations of women. At another, it’s a poignant and unusual coming-of-age story. An intricate plait of love and family, grief and loss, history and its secrets, that is shaped around an absent character. For the Jasper of the title, a missing World War II pilot, is from the outset an absence, a hollow ache in the lives of his family." Summing up her acclaim of the novel, Sibree says it is a “remarkably accomplished debut. Leonhardt’s finely-honed prose, her luminous imagery and canny perceptions evoke a gentler, lost WA world with such subtlety and power that Finding Jasper looks set to become a local favourite, a ‘must read’”.

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It is 1956, and twelve-year-old Gin has arrived at the family farm, “Grasswood”, in the South West of Western Australia. She has been left in the care of her lively, idiosyncratic aunt, Attie, while her mother, Valerie, an English war bride, returns home for a holiday. Virginia (“Gin”) is the youngest of three generations of very different women, whose lives are profoundly affected by the absence of Jasper: son, brother, husband, father and RAAF Lancaster pilot. A fixed point in all their lives is the landscape, layered with beauty and fear, challenge and consolation, isolation and freedom.

Set in Perth and rural Western Australia, 1945−1965, this three-part novel shows the impact of war on family. As the story shifts back and forth in time and place through three different perspectives, the dislocating ripple effect continues to build into the 1960s with devastating results. But it is up to Gin to forge her life beyond as part of a new generation facing conscription and yet another war.

Music and far-off memories haunt this multilayered novel. As the title suggests, the story revolves around the ‘finding of Jasper’. More broadly it is about the search for what is lost in war and exile – as much the physical, material and psychological costs to society as the quest for love, identity and one’s place in a changing world.  

 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1324 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Matilda Bay Books (24 July 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07GN2BTHZ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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