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The Keepers

Al Campbell

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Queensland Univ. Press
03 February 2022
This daring and dazzling debut shines a light on the unsung heroes of our communities- the carers.

Jay is devoted to the care of her teenage twins who view the world as differently as it views them. Frank is sweet, sensitive and bullied, while whip-sharp Teddy needs an iPad to speak. With an absent husband and battling a nightmare bureaucracy, Jay leans heavily on Keep, her lifelong half-real friend. But in the corner of her eye lurks her mother, and a childhood Jay knows she can't ever outrun.

Jay believes she is managing quite well, with a half-grip on this half-life of hers. That is, until Teddy starts to get sick, refusing to eat, while doctors refuse to listen, confounding everything Jay thought she knew about what lies ahead.

The Keepers is an incredible and fiercely honest debut about the damage done by parents who can't love, the failures of a community that only claims to care, and the resilience of those whose stories mostly go untold.
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Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   444g
ISBN:   9780702265488
ISBN 10:   0702265489
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Brisbane, Al Campbell is a mother and full-time carer. Long ago she studied a bit, acted a bit, and pulled a lot of beers. Her first-ever publication was in Overland in 2020, followed by a story in Signs of Life - an anthology. The Keepers all but begged her to write it, given it is about issues - and people - that matter to her more than anything.

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