It is the morning after a husband's affair has been discovered, and the house is in chaos: the opening to Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1877) is deliberately evoked in Toni Jordan's novel Our Tiny, Useless Hearts. Now, three couples – Caroline and Henry, Lesley and Craig, and Janice and Alec – and the marital interloper, Martha, must redefine love under new circumstances. As marriages break up and re-form, the narrator, Janice, attempts to protect her nieces, Mercedes and Paris, from a reproduction of her own largely fatherless childhood.
Josephine Taylor reviews 'Our Tiny, Useless Hearts' by Toni Jordan
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Josephine Taylor is a West Australian writer and freelance editor, an adjunct lecturer at Edith Cowan University and an editorial board member of Margaret River Press. Her area of literary interest is Australian fiction. In her own research and writing, Josephine is interested in persistent pain states and the creative response to such forms of suffering. Her PhD thesis, Vulvodynia and Autoethnography (2011), has provided source material for writing published in such forums as Axon, Westerly, and Southerly. She is currently working on a novel
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