Romy Ash: Floundering

Sky Kirkham

Sky Kirkham

Sky Kirkham is the producer and host of The Book Club, on 4ZZZ FM and the Community Radio Network. He has been a guest at BWF and NYWF,

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Familial flight

Sky Kirkham

 

Floundering
by Romy Ash
Text Publishing, $27.95 pb, 224 pp, 9781921922084

 

Romy Ash’s début novel, Floundering, sits comfortably in the realm of Australian realism. It depicts the travails of a dysfunctional and impoverished family as they make their way across the country during a scorching Australian summer. Tom and Jordy, young brothers, live with their grandparents following their abandonment by their mother, Loretta. Twelve months later Loretta returns, just as peremptorily as she left. She removes the children and heads west to a place where she hopes they will be able to live happily together.

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Published in March 2012 no. 339

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