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medium size paperback,good condition

Janet Frame is a writer who does not abide by conventions, but even the most seasoned Frame reader must be amused by her "take" on writer's block. What happens when Frame encounters writer's block? She produces two novels instead of one. Readers of Michael King's biography of Frame will know that in 1963, work on The Adaptable Man faltered and she wrote a short autobiographical novel, Towards Another Summer, which she deemed too personal for publication in her lifetime. Almost 20 years after the appearance of Frame's last published novel (The Carpathians), Towards Another Summer makes it to bookshop shelves. The novel's autobiographical protagonist is Grace Cleave, a writer who finds that - having realised she is a migratory bird (yes, you read that correctly) - she must write about a weekend she has spent with a journalist and his family, in order to salvage her novel "in progress". This weekend, we learn, has acted as a catalyst to encounters with Grace's past, and as the book progresses we get the poignant account of Grace's crippling social unease increasingly interwoven with memories of her childhood material which appears familiar from Frame's first volume of autobiography, To the Is-land. In this way, the past increasingly leaks through into the present, and indeed this dissolution of boundaries acts as a unifying theme. Towards Another Summer is possibly most valuable for what it confirms about Frame's creative processes: her destabilisation of the boundaries between art and life and her continual refashioning of the "found fiction" of experience."

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