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Jo Vraca

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Jo Vraca is a fiction writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Born in a small Sicily village to a seamstress and a farmer, she grew up in Australia after her family immigrated in 1971.

Jo wrote her first book when she was 12, before computers. She burned it without reading a word of the manuscript. After a decade as a music and entertainment journalist, Jo returned to her fiction roots and had a short story published in the anthology "Behind the Front Fence" through The Five Mile Press. In 2014 she published her first collection of short stories, Girls, and in 2015, her first novel, Floating Upstream, a coming-of-age tale set in 1970s rural Australia.

Jo likes to think of herself as a born liar, with writing the most likely outlet for her sto
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Floating Upstream

4.27 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Three weeks in, three weeks out.

Longer now, but I wrote these words, longhand, after I’d been out of hospital three weeks. I’m typing them now, with today’s point of view, so you can’t believe anything.

What they don’t tell you, when you leave the mental hospital, is that you have to start running your own life again, like an adult, in control of yourself. You have to set an alarm and actual...

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Completely unexpected but stunning

I have no expectations for this book and was absolutely stunned and loved every word. Who is. Marina Abramovic? Sadly I had not heard of her before, and now I am completely intrigued. I have to read a lot more of Hea
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So moving. Every word matters.

Wilde understand people. He knows them. Life is bewilderingly short and his tales are are reminder of what we have and leave behind.
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A great start into minimalism.

This is a funny book. Kondo is Extreme about tidying but make her point. Is it well.written? Nah. But this isn't a novel, it's a booking aboit letting go of your stuff. I would have like little more practical advice but
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