Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Forecast: Turbulence' by Janette Turner Hospital

FORECAST: TURBULENCE 

by Janette Turner Hospital

Fourth Estate, $29.99 hb, 232 pp, 9780732294441

Janette Turner Hospital, who grew up in Brisbane, has taught in Australian and overseas universities, and is well regarded as a novelist and short story writer; among several prizes she has won the Patrick White Award. The stories in her new collection, Forecast: Turbulence, are set in several places where she has lived, including Canada and the American South, where the weather is similarly violent. Despite the fact that this metaphor is flagged throughout this collection, I formed little sense of many of her characters in either place or clime.

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Rhyll McMaster

Rhyll McMaster

Rhyll McMaster's latest poetry collection, Late Night Shopping, was highly commended in the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Her prize-winning, internationally published and translated novel, Feather Man, was published in 2007.

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