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Annie Condon

Annie Condon reviews ‘Poinciana’ by Jane Turner Goldsmith

September 2006, no. 284 01 September 2006
South Australian publishers Wakefield Press claim on their website: ‘We love good stories and make beautiful books.’ Poinciana has narrative potential, but is undermined by weak characterisation and unpredictable changes in time and narrative. What makes it a ‘beautiful book’, though, is its exotic backdrop of New Caledonia and its depictions of the landscape, including the brilliant red-f ... (read more)