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Red Dress Walking

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This is the story of an intimate circle of friends and one couple, Will and Emily, who are very much in love with each other. Will is an engineer who succeeds through hard work and determination rather than innate ability. Emily is quiet and withdrawn, working for a publisher and asserting herself only when she explores her passions of literature and cooking. Unknown to Wi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published September 26th 2008)
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Amanda Curtin
Red Dress Walking is a fascinating book, character-driven, thought-provoking, surprising in its trajectory from the story of a relationship to a story of identity and loss. I enjoyed the foregrounding of language and literature, and the deft handling of two narratives, two distinctive voices. The alternating narratives of William and Emily weave together, separate, fill gaps and open them wider, sometimes shedding light on each other, sometimes speaking to the way even those closest to us can be ...more

Red Dress Walking by S.A. Jones is a complex tale of two dissimilar individuals, Will and Emily, who find each other and begin their journey of love and life but the expectations and events that present themselves cause confusion and heartache for our dual protagonists, especially with the appearance of a stunning red dress. Jones uses the dress as a representation for what Emily fears and what Will wishes of their union. For William the dress is the perfect gift for his beloved, it transforms h
One of those novels I call a 'red wine and chocolate' book. The first few pages are full of raw, honest emotion and I felt this book was going to be almost like a diary - not the sugar coated romance of television and cinema, but the actual reality of lovers. The characters have depth, especially Emily, a woman of literature who believes it shapes her whole life.
Throughout the book, you know that all good things will reach an end. At times, the pace slows down a bit and some parts I found to be
Robyn Mundy
A luscious story that hurtles down an unexpected road. When Will gives his lover Emily a beautiful, sexy red dress, everything changes between them. A marvellous first novel. I confess to taking a couple of chapters to ease into Emily's voice—and buy into the social life of the couple and their friends—but then I couldn't put it down. I had no idea what was going to happen next—a masterful thing for an author to sustain for a prolonged period. When I finished the book I went straight back and re ...more
This book was a very intense look into two peoples very different lives and how they became woven together. Emily's story is about a girl who comes from a broken home in some ways and her mannerisms of dealing with that have always been hand in hand with how she responds to reality. Will's story is about the struggles of love and identifying the right kind of love, while struggling to understand Emily. This book was the most thought provoking, intensely real take on two very different peoples jo ...more
Jacqueline Brocker
The blurb doesn't do the novel, which makes it sound like some-what serious chick-it, but Red Dress Walking is actually more than that. Gets very much under the skin of modern relationships of all kinds; lovers, friends, colleagues, parents, and is remarkably understanding of all the players involved.
I found this compulsively readable, once I got into it. I didn't much like the characters, but did enjoy this as a whole.

I had to go back and read the opening airport scene again to tie everything together, so perhaps it might have been better suited at the end.
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An intriguing read. The characters are flawed but the odd inner life of the main character that brings a Bennett sister is compelling. I gobbeled this up as a beautiful holiday read
Written by a WA author which is why I bought it, reasonable story once it got going but took me a while to get into the story
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 26, 2015 06:20AM  
S. A. Jones is a compulsive reader and writer and her first novel, Red Dress Walking, is in many ways homage to both pursuits. Her eclectic career includes stints as an academic, shadow Ministerial staffer, management consultant and confectionary vendor. S. A. Jones ('Sarah' to her parents and 'Serje' to her friends) is 34 and lives in Inglewood, Western Australia. Her pursuits include running (at ...more
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