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How do you survive the loss of a dearly loved child? Lucy Halligan was born with a heart defect, which limited her physical activities, but not her appetite for enjoyment nor her curiosity and lively interest in the world about her. She survived until she was nearly forty, and now her mother, the acclaimed author, survives without her. This moving book is a fragmentary approach to shared life, and flickers back and forth through the years, before, during and after Lucy's death. It is not chronological, but nor is grief, which takes no notice of the calendar's linear approach to time. Altogether, a story not just about loss, but of joy and endurance and gratitude for the quiet beauties of living. Lindy
Marion Halligan AM is an Australian writer and novelist. She has written twenty-three books, including six works of non-fiction and five short story collections, and one play. She has also served as chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian National Word Festival. She was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM), General Division, in 2006 for services to literature and for her work in promoting Australian writing.