“a powerful and unflinching memoirs of three generations of a resilient outback farming family.” Brisbane News
"A moving and powerful memoir that details the painful tangle of life, loss and love, this gripping novel will tug at your heartstrings. Hilarious at times, it’s also tragic and shocking." Woman's Day"Parker’s writing is insightful, poignant and very Aussie ... Though a heartrending tale of loss and grief, it’s also a humour-filled look at love, family and duty." Manly Daily
"Pam writes with honesty and warmth about her own parents, grandparents and extended family, their celebrations, their wit and great humour while never shying from the dark truths and difficult struggles that plague them." Northern Miner (Charter Towers)
"Parker has deployed significant skill in avoiding rancour and regret, and telling a rich tale. In the process, she must have taken much pain on board." Slow Living
"Extraordinary." Sunday Territorian
And so begins an extraordinary memoir by outstanding new talent P.J. Parker. Spanning three generations, The Long Goodbye takes us deep into the lives of an Australian family as they survive record-breaking floods, outlast epic droughts and face the unforgiving realities of life on the land.
This remarkable true story of grit and resilience depicts a family at their zenith, set against the spectacular backdrop of rural Queensland where life and death are never far apart. But not even the harshness of the Australian landscape can prepare them for what is to come.
Written with astounding lyricism, warmth and humour, The Long Goodbye is a deeply moving memoir about the unbreakable bonds of marriage, love and family. And it poses the most heartbreaking moral dilemma of all: when a loved one is suffering, is euthanasia the answer?
‘How far does our duty to love go? A devastating and beautiful memoir about a family and the painful tangle of life, loss and love. Funny, very Australian, and shot through with human truths: this is writing that is fresh, arresting and original.’ SUSAN JOHNSON.
‘Powerful… extremely moving… totally heart-rending.’ ITA BUTTROSE.