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Pearl in a cage / Joy Dettman.

By: Dettman, Joy [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Dettman, Joy, Woody Creek: book 1.Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : Pan Macmillan, 2009Description: 565 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781405039574; 1405039574; 9780330425667 .Subject(s): Orphans -- Fiction | Divorced women -- FictionGenre/Form: Australian fiction -- 21st century.DDC classification: A823.3
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The first novel in Joy Dettman's sensational new Woody Creek series now in B formatOn a balmy midsummer's evening in 1923, a young woman - foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant - is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek.The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the woman is brought to her door. Try as she might, Gertrude is unable to save her - but the baby lives.When no relatives come forth to claim the infant, Gertrude's daughter Amber - who has recently lost a son in childbirth - and her husband Norman take the child in. In the ensuing weeks, Norman becomes convinced that God has sent the baby to their door, and in an act of reckless compassion, he names the baby Jennifer and registers her in place of his son.Loved by some but scorned by more - including her stepmother and stepsister who resent the interloper - Jenny survives her childhood and grows into an exquisite and talented young woman. But who were her parents? Why does she so strongly resemble an old photograph of Gertrude's philandering husband? And will she one day fulfil her potential?Spanning two momentous decades and capturing rural Australia's complex and mysterious heart, Pearl in a Cage is the unputdownable new novel by one of our most talented storytellers.

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One might view Pearl in a Cage as an Australian Angela's Ashes, not just for the melancholic and painful tale Dettman ( weaves but also for the skill with which she crafts it. In 1923, the newborn child of a pregnant stranger found outside the small logging town of Woody Creek is rescued by midwife Gertrude Foote-a marvelously developed persona-and eventually grows to affect every person in the town. As listeners are pulled into the formative years of the young mother's life, they encounter an array of highly memorable characters. The chapters fly in this thoroughly engaging series starter, especially with Deidre Rubenstein's strong narration. A terrific mating of author and narrator, who earlier joined forces for Dettman's Mallawindy (2007) and One Sunday (2009), both also available from Bolinda Audio; highly recommended for adult audiences.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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