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Margaret Visciglio / The Blue Roses of Orroroo

Fiction
  • Margaret Visciglio / The Blue Roses of Orroroo
In the summer of 1928, the body of Michael Walsh is brought home to Norwood from Mount Gambier, where he died on a train. That night his wife, Rose, attacks his coffin with an axe. Rose’s estranged daughter, Mary, returns for the funeral. Mother and daughter are reconciled but as Michael is buried, dark secrets are resurrected. The Blue Roses of Orroroo is a humorous account of rape, incest and Stolen Generations related by Rose Walsh, a not always reliable witness, as she strives to rescue her family from destitution and, fuelled by kerosene and roses, to restore her own self-esteem. Blue Roses won the Three Day Novel Writing Race conducted by the Salisbury Writers’ Festival in 2007. The novel was expanded and entered in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition in 2009, reaching the semi-finals. One reviewer (USA) wrote, ‘The historical setting is well researched and seamlessly presented. Although set in a small Australian town the themes are universal. Style-wise, this is above your average best-seller.’ Another reviewer (Canada) said, ‘Written with heart and humour. A book that dares to start with horse shit is going to be good.’
Winner, People’s Choice Award, SA Writers Festival 2013
978 1 74017 673 3, 290pp

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9781740176733
$27.50

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