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This is an auction for THE BROKEN BOOK by Susan Johnson.

NOTE: This Susan Johnson, a renowned Australian author, is not the same Susan Johnson who is a prolific romance novelist. Make sure you know which Susan Johnson it is... or you might get a surprise!

"THE BROKEN BOOK is the fiercely beautiful story of one woman's struggle to become the writer she has passionately planned to be her entire life. Following the beautiful Katherine Elgin from a small coastal town in Australia to London and the islands of Greecethis intriguing and intricately structured tale unravels the truths of art and life. Katherine's story will resonate powerfully with women - especially those who have faced the demands of motherhood, marriage, and the pursuit of artistic passion."

"Australian novelist Johnson evokes a tormented portrait of the fictional writer Katherine Elgin from her journal entries, excerpts of her unfinished autobiographical novel and assorted letters. This novel spans the decades from Katherine's childhood in the 1920s to her death in 1969, following the protagonist from her native Australia to the UK in the 1950s, Greece in the early 1960s and back to Sydney by the end of that decade. Katherine marries author David Murray, with whom she has two daughters, Anna and Elizabeth. She is torn between her writing career and her role as wife and mother. Her ardent marriage sours over time, and the novel, which starts at the end of her life, begins with David's criticism of her overwrought autobiographical novel. In this provocative work, Johnson wrestles with the well-worn conflict between a woman's obligation to her family and the creative impulse that drives her."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 2005.

310 pages.

New condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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