Donata Carrazza reviews 'Nine Days' by Toni Jordan

Nine Days 

by Toni Jordan

Text Publishing, $29.99 pb, 247 pp, 9781921922831

Toni Jordan’s third novel, after the successful Addition (2009), takes its story from a photograph that graces the cover and that the author tells us she pondered for a long time. It is a romantic wartime scene, a crush of bodies at a Melbourne train station, mostly with soldiers bound for their unknown futures. A woman has been lifted by a stranger on the platform so she can farewell her sweetheart. Jordan tells us the story came to her unexpectedly: ‘grand and sweeping, but also intimate and fragile.’ From this one image nine characters emerge whose lives are interconnected and whose voices will be heard individually in the ensuing nine chapters.

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Donata Carrazza

Donata Carrazza

Donata Carrazza is a graduate of Italian language and literature from the University of Melbourne. She has worked for over twenty years in hospitality, notably at the Mildura Grand Hotel. She is Chair of the Mildura Writers’ Festival Committee and, with New York poet and academic Paul Kane, has edited two books: Vintage: A Celebration of Ten Years of the Mildura Writers’ Festival (2004) and Letters to Les (2005).