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Hen Lit

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April 2005, no. 270

Farewell My Ovaries by Wendy Harmer

Allen & Unwin, $29.95pb, 320pp

Hen Lit

by
April 2005, no. 270

Where are the great menopause novels? In The Change (1991), Germaine Greer described menopause as the ‘undescribed experience’, but then noted that it had in fact been described extensively, mostly ‘by men for the eyes of other men’. Wendy Harmer’s Farewell My Ovaries is written by a woman for the eyes of other women, but it does not really aspire to greatness. It is unashamedly ‘chick lit’ – or ‘chick-making-the-uneasy-transition-to-hen-lit’.

Anna Goldsworthy reviews ‘Farewell My Ovaries’ by Wendy Harmer

Farewell My Ovaries

by Wendy Harmer

Allen & Unwin, $29.95pb, 320pp

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