Denise O'Dea reviews 'The Secret Lives of Men' by Georgia Blain

Denise O'Dea reviews 'The Secret Lives of Men' by Georgia Blain

The Secret Lives of Men

by Georgia Blain

Scribe, $27.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781922070357

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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Denise O'Dea

Denise O'Dea

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

Published in April 2013 no. 350

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