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Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie





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The family secrets are only just beginning to unravel...

When her elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki travels to her parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which rapidly become clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival.

Her mother has always been mentally unstable, but for years camouflaged her delusions and unpredictability. Over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world.

Vicki's father, who has been systematically starved and kept virtually a prisoner in his own home, begins to realise what has happened to him and embarks upon plans of his own to combat his wife.

Vicki quickly realises how dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, her mother's behaviour is. She fears for her father's life and her own safety if her mother returns home.

The power play between her parents takes a dramatic turn and leaves Vicki embroiled in situations that are ludicrous, heart-breaking, and frightening. All this makes for an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

'The Erratics grabbed me by the throat and never let go ... I loved it.' Caroline Baum, author of acclaimed memoir Only, literary critic, journalist and broadcaster 'An extraordinary read.' Candida Baker, author, journalist, literary critic, editor and Festival Director

By:   Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Imprint:   Finch
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780648100850
ISBN 10:   0648100855
Publication Date:   May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

If someone had told me this manuscript was by a young Margaret Attwood or Alice Munro, I wouldn't have been surprised. The bleak beauty of the Canadian landscape set against this wry memoir of a daughter's journey with her sister through their parents' decline into ill-health and dementia is an extraordinary read. --Candida Baker, author, The Amazing Life of Cats The Erratics grabbed me by the throat and never let go. Its sharp vinegary tone added a thrilling and bracing note to this portrayal of an extreme dysfunctional family. The writing has a visceral quality as well as a terrific sense of timing, irony and place - an unfamiliar and remote location far removed from Australia, but the author's tug back to Australia from this cold, inhospitable setting adds another dimension of contrast. There is a universality to the story, of ageing parents and conflicted children grappling with uncomfortable responsibilities. I loved it. --Caroline Baum, author, Only

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