Remember Me, Jimmy James by Steven Carroll

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December 1992, no. 147

Remember Me, Jimmy James by Steven Carroll

McPhee Gribble, $14.95 pb

Remember Me, Jimmy James by Steven Carroll

by
December 1992, no. 147

A first novel written with fine-honed discretion and linking three generations of very ordinary Australians, this book has a satisfying sense of the continuities and disjunctions within families.

The story is rich in small, telling details and wonderfully laconic verbal exchanges (if that is not too heady a word) between couple whose feeling towards each other have been long eroded by habit. Yet it remains a novel in sepia colours. Like the numerous photographs that get picked up in the tale, there is a sort of immobilised concentration that gives the book its elegiac tone. There is not much direct action.

Thomas Shapcott reviews 'Remember Me, Jimmy James' by Steven Carroll

Remember Me, Jimmy James

by Steven Carroll

McPhee Gribble, $14.95 pb

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