Michelle Dicinoski: Ghost Wife

Michelle Dicinoski: Ghost Wife

Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

by Michelle Dicinoski

Black Inc., $24.99 pb, 214 pp, 9781863955959

Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson completed a PhD in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne in 2009. His thesis explored a selection

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Ghost Wife is a timely text, given the recent debates about same-sex marriage. Michelle Dicinoski writes about travelling to Canada in 2005 to marry her girlfriend, Heather.

The pair met while undertaking postgraduate studies in Queensland. By marrying, they wanted to make a ‘permanent record’ of their relationship. Dicinoski was wary that many gays and lesbians over the centuries have been rendered ‘invisible’. She also did not want her relationship to ‘disappear’, which is a fate experienced (literally or metaphorically) by several of her family members.

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Published in March 2013

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