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Words that Mean

And people
by
August 1986, no. 83

Speaking by Janine Burke

Greenhouse, $19.95, 328 pp

Words that Mean

And people
by
August 1986, no. 83

I met Janine Burke once. I had just finished a pleasant meal upstairs in Caffe Sport in Lygon Street, Carlton. Walking out, I saw a friend at another table. She introduced me to Janine Burke. To use a chosen word of the central character of Speaking, I felt a dill. How do you sound sincere when you say ‘I thought your novel was absolutely terrific’, when the novel has been sitting quietly around for twelve months and the review journal of which you are associate editor hasn’t managed to review it? I stumbled down the downhearted stairs thinking that they had more credibility than I did.

John Hanrahan reviews 'Speaking' by Janine Burke

Speaking

by Janine Burke

Greenhouse, $19.95, 328 pp

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