None of a type

None of a type

The Secret Lives of Men

by Georgia Blain

Scribe, $27.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781922070357

Denise O'Dea

Denise O'Dea

Denise O’Dea works as a book editor and lives in Melbourne.

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In one of Georgia Blain’s subtle, beautifully paced stories, a young girl is given an IQ test. Believing it to be a game, she is outraged when her older brother crows about his results and she realises she has been evaluated. Later, as an adult, she can put her childhood indignation into words: ‘I thought it was just a matter of random chance. I should have been told that there was a predetermined pattern for me to decipher, and rules to follow.’ But at eight she can only protest at the psychologist’s betrayal: ‘She never said it was a test.’

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Published in April 2013 no. 350

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