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The Last Summer of Ada Bloom

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In a small country town during one long, hot summer, the Bloom family begins to unravel. Marital secrets, new and long-hidden, surface—with devastating effect.

Martha is straining against the confines of her life, lost in regret for what might have been, when an old flame shows up. In turn, her husband, Mike, becomes frustrated with his increasingly distant wife. While teen
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 3rd 2018 by Text Publishing
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The moonlight had crept in and bathed everything in eerie shining tones. Everything that looked so familiar during the day was now hiding its true self in a cloak of shadow. Something monstrous lurked in that sort of stillness. It was getting ready. Ada didn’t like it.”

The Last Summer of Ada Bloom is the first novel for adults by award-winning Australian author, Martine Murray. It’s 1982 and the Bloom family (Mum, Dad, three kids and the dog), living in Wattle Gully in country Victoria, fe
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The Last Summer of Ada Bloom by Martine Murray. (2018).

During one long hot summer in a small country town, the Bloom family unravels. Martha is living a life of regret and struggling with her monotonous housewife lifestyle and an unnerving visit with a man from her past. Mike is frustrated with Martha's distance and tempted by her flirty friend. Teenagers Tilly and Ben are growing up and ready to move on, while 9 year old
Martine Murray beautifully captures the slowness of a long hot summer using minute details to reveal the world from each main characters point of view. This summer is very meaningful to each of the Bloom family members but to Ada the youngest, it is overwhelming. Tilly is the eldest and is waiting for her HSC results, Ben is a sporting teenager who aspires to attract girls like the older boys in his team Ada is still in primary school but is bridging the gap between childhood and teenager. Ada m ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like all Martine Murray's books, this one is written sensitively and with nuance and subtlety regarding all characters. Its a very touching and, for me, very realistic portrait of a family over one long, hot summer. Writing in the omniscient third person perspective gives Martine Murray the opportunity to take us deeply into the personal perspectives of all the major characters, not privileging one above another, so that for example the tensions in the marriage of Martha and Mike are seen from b ...more
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I listened to this as an audio book and it flowed nicely. It was easy to listen to and to follow. I enjoyed the Australian content and the author’s descriptive narrative.
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
It turns out that the creation of an authentic child's voice requires more than double sentences. It didn't help that I read this hot on the heels of the excellent construction of child's voice in Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
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I've read up to page 111 but the whining characters have defeated me. It's so depressing!
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Martine Murray, a native and a current resident of Melbourne, Australia, is an accomplished author with a variety of other talents and interests. She has studied film making at Prahan College, painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, and movement and dance at Melbourne University. She began writing as a method of keeping track of all of her activities. She explains, “I was writing in journal ...more