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The Fine Colour of Rust by P.A. O'Reilly
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it
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Read from March 12 to 16, 2012

It's always a good feeling when a book you've been looking forward to reading meets your expectations. Everything about The Fine Colour of Rust worked for me: the familiar country town landscape, the eccentric characters, the small town political intrigue and the ups and downs of family relationships (particularly the all too typical self-absorbed deadbeat dad who is keen to leave his former family behind). There are some scenes that are absolute gems: the minister's tour of the butcher's abattoir to see the champion meat slicer and dicer at work was hilarious. However, the author is equally adept at writing tougher emotional scenes without descending into mawkishness.

O'Reilly's writing is authentic and honest, with good pacing and lots of love for her characters (even the dickhead ones). The main character, single mum of two Loretta, is one I absolutely empathised with and her dry, self-effacing humour drives the narrative. It's a very Australian novel and yet the universal themes of friendship, community and fighting against the odds for the "little guy" will resonate with readers from all over. Highly recommended.
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Denise Hi Maree, I got this out of the library yesterday as a 7-day loan, and will probably finish it tomorrow. It's very enjoyable and the main character is great! Thanks for your recommendation.

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