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The First Week
Author: Margaret Merrilees

ISBN: 9781743052471
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5 September 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5
Marian couldn't see the woman's eyes behind her glasses, and was filled with panic. That bosom was not for comfort. Not for Marian. She, Marian, was here so that this woman, this psychologist, could expose her failure to be a proper mother.

Her son's actions shatter Marian's life. As the days pass she is haunted by layers of grief rising like the salt of the degraded earth.

Marian's everyday heroism, her earthy humour and innate honesty, sustain her as she confronts her own tragedy and sees beyond it to other moral dilemmas of white Australian life - racism, environmental damage.

This novel has its roots in an ancient landscape - the dry farming country around Koikyennuruff (Stirling Ranges) in the south of Western Australia. It is the story of a journey from the country to the city and back again, a journey that will change Marian forever.

The First Week won the Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at Adelaide Writers' Week.

'Margaret Merrilees' The First Week is instantly gripping: picture-perfect in its ...

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