Reunion by Andrea Goldsmith

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May 2009, no. 311
Judith Armstrong reviews 'Reunion' by Andrea Goldsmith

Reunion

by Andrea Goldsmith

Fourth Estate, $32.95 pb, 416 pp, 97800732287832

Reunion by Andrea Goldsmith

Reviewed by
May 2009, no. 311

What’s the use,’ asks Alice before wandering away from her uncommunicative sister, ‘of a book without pictures or conversations?’ Grown-up readers can probably manage without the former, but it is unusual to find a novel with as little dialogue in it as Andrea Goldsmith’s Reunion, or one that so deliberately ignores the common injunction ‘Show, don’t tell.’

Yet Goldsmith has several books to her credit, including The Prosperous Thief, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2002, and for several years taught creative writing at Deakin University. Presumably she knows what she is doing. In point of fact, not only does this flouting of conventional rules come over as quite refreshing, it is in any case justified by the demands of the narrative.


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Judith Armstrong reviews 'Reunion' by Andrea Goldsmith

Reunion

by Andrea Goldsmith

Fourth Estate, $32.95 pb, 416 pp, 97800732287832

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