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House of Sticks by Peggy Frew
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Nov 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: australian-lit-fiction
Read from November 04 to 05, 2011

The characters in this book could be anyone, in any household in Australia, and that is exactly why it has such broad appeal. As the reader is hurled straight into Bonnie’s shoes, it becomes difficult to separate reality from her bias and paranoias, which makes reading this a very personal experience. Her relationship with Pete is a lovely one, and anyone that has stumbled through first love into a long term relationship will recognise the doubts that grow over time, and the struggle to keep things like passion, self identity and spontaneity alive. Douggie is the catalyst for a tension that could just as easily be imagined as real, and his constant presence in Bonnie and Pete’s household, with Bonnie’s escalating anxiety towards him, encourages us to question our own attitudes and perceptions.
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