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Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family by Gabrielle Carey

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December 2013–January 2014, no. 357
Conundrum

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

by Gabrielle Carey

University of Queensland Press, $29.95 hb, 232 pp, 9780702249221

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family by Gabrielle Carey

Reviewed by
December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

When Gabrielle Carey wrote Puberty Blues (1979) with her school friend Kathy Lette, it was closely based on her own experience as a teenager. This initiated a writing career specialising in autobiography. Her novel The Borrowed Girl (1994) is based on her experience of living in a Mexican village, and So Many Selves (2006) is a personal memoir. Her new book extends the work of mourning and remembering her parents, which began with In My Father’s House (1994), an attempt to understand the suicide of her father, Alex Carey, and continued with Waiting Room (2009), an account of her mother Joan’s illness with a brain tumour.

Conundrum

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

by Gabrielle Carey

University of Queensland Press, $29.95 hb, 232 pp, 9780702249221

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