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Red Shoes

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  2 reviews
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"The beautiful, charismatic Petra Penfold-Knight, accustomed to her own way from birth, grows up to lead a religious cult whose devotess wear red shoes. The cult attracts members through Petra's magnetism, as well as by more sinister means, such as stealing children born to unmarried girls.

"Imbued with ancient narrative myths, music and dance, Red Shoe
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Paperback, 333 pages
Published 1998 by Vintage
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Caitlin
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I read this quite a while ago, and just saw there were no reviews of this, so I thought I'd kick off a bit of enthusiasm for this book, because it's a quiet little achiever.

I actually looked it up again because I'm currently reading, "Foxlowe" by Eleanor Wasserberg and it reminded me of "Red Shoes" - more importantly, it reminded me of "The Family", the real-life Australian commune-cum-cult that "Red Shoes" was loosely based on.

So this story combines a seeming description of a charisma
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Carolyn
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this a very long time ago, and remembered it after reading Carmel Bird's latest, Family Skeleton. I don't recall much about it except that it was also quirky, with an unusual narrative slant and showed a penetrating gaze into human behaviour.

I should seek out some other 'Birds'.
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