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Knowing what you want is hard. Accepting what is possible is harder still.

It is the mid-1980s. In Australia, stay-at-home wives jostle with want-it-all feminists, while AIDS threatens the sexual freedom of everyone. On the other side of the world, the Soviet bloc is in turmoil.

Mikhail Gorbachev has been in power for a year when twenty-four-year-old book illustrator Galina
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Scribe Publications
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I simply did not want this novel to end! Goldsmith's keen eye for detail shone through her portraits of landscape, physical and cultural, her superb characterisation, and her fluent, enriched prose. Especially skilful were her re-creations of the decades of 20th century Russia, a history seen through the family of the novel's main character, Galina, as well as 1988 Melbourne, as perceived again through Galina and her experiences as a migrant.

Equally engaging were the characters whose lives are
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Goldsmith is a masterful storyteller who explores the complex themes of identity and love in her latest novel. Invented Lives deserves a wide audience.
Mark Rubbo, Readings

It is a fabulous book ... It lives on ...What I really loved was the changing seasons of all the characters, their inner beings, their outer beings, their strengths.
Drusilla Modjeska

This is a compassionate and thoughtful depiction of one aspect of multicultural Australia … Invented Lives will appeal to fans to Australian litera
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Gosh, words cannot adequately describe how good this book is! Hands down the best book of 2019.
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Andrea Goldsmith is an Australian novelist. She started learning the piano as a young child, and music remains an abiding passion. She initially trained as a speech pathologist and worked for several years with children suffering from severe communication impairment until becoming a full-time writer in the late 1980s. During the 1990s she taught creative writing at Deakin University, and she conti ...more
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