The Good Parents

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‘London's prose is a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor.' -- The Washington Post

 
The Good Parents, Joan London

‘London's prose is a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor.' -- The Washington Post

WINNER OF THE 2009 CHRISTINA STEAD AWARD FOR FICTION.

Maya de Jong, an eighteen-year-old country girl from the West, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss, the enigmatic Maynard Flynn, whose wife is dying of cancer. When Maya's parents, Toni and Jacob, arrive to stay with her, they are told by her housemate that Maya has gone away and no one knows where she is. As Toni and Jacob wait and search for Maya in Melbourne, everything in their lives is brought into question. They recall the yearning and dreams, the betrayals and choices of their pasts - choices with unexpected and irrevocable consequences. With Maya's disappearance, the lives of all those close to her come into focus, to reveal the complexity of the ties that bind us to one another, to parents, children, siblings, friends and lovers.

Pacy and enthralling, The Good Parents is at once a vision of contemporary Australia and a story as old as fairytales: that of a runaway girl.

Awards

2009 Prime Minister's Literary Awards
2009 Commonwealth Writer's Prize
2009 The Barbara Jefferis Award (Life Writing)
2008 The Age Book of the Year Award
2008 NSW Premier's Literary Awards (The Christina Stead Prize)

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741666526
    Published: 01/04/2009
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 368 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742749488
    Published: 01/12/2012
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 368 pages
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Joan London

Joan London

Joan London is the author of two prize-winning collections of stories, Sister Ships, which won the Age Book of the Year in 1986, and Letter to Constantine, which won the Steele Rudd Award in 1994 and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. These stories have been published in one volume as The New Dark Age. Her first novel, Gilgamesh, was published in 2001, won the Age Book of the Year for Fiction in 2002 and was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Good Parents, was published in April 2008 and won the 2009 Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary awards. Joan London's books have all been published internationally to critical acclaim. The Golden Age (2014) is her third novel.

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