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Surviving Hal Kindle Edition
Praise for Penny Flanagan
"Poignant … balanced, delicately handled, quietly eloquent." - The Sydney Morning Herald
"Penny Flanagan has produced a stylish first novel studded with comic gems." - New Librarian
"Not since Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip has a book given me this feeling of fitting into another woman’s skin." - Marie Low
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- ASIN : B07N2QNNQG
- Publisher : Puncher & Wattmann (1 November 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 443 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 247 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 286,185 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tom also moves to Thailand and teaches English, as does his father. When he becomes engaged to Sunisa, friends and family fly over for the wedding. This is where the novel begins and ends (except for a coda) with the rest taken up with illuminating backstory. Thailand is described in very unsentimental terms, from the smog of Bangkok with its sewagy air to the uncharming backblock in the country where the wedding takes place. If you’ve ever experienced a third world toilet in the floor you’ll get the picture. Hal and Phan are there of course, with Hal doing his best to make everyone’s lives unpleasant. He still carries a huge chip on his shoulder about first wife Maude, with whom Nell now has a good relationship. It’s a very strange event - please read it.
It’s not only Hal’s psyche that the novel concerns itself with. Nell, Andy and Tom have their own issues and Flanagan is very good at pinpointing the undercurrents as relationships are negotiated in obvious and covert ways through the voice of Nell, who is an honest and intrepid observer, occasionally addressing us, the readers, directly. It was all so fascinating I had to stay up all night to finish it. PS: Penny Flanagan is a musician as well as an author. Isn’t it amazing how often people who are creative in one area are creative in another? This is sure to be a best seller.