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The Year of the Fruit Cake by Gillian Polack
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‘Don’t stop me now!’

Meet Diana, Antoinette, Janet, Trina and Leanne. Five middle-aged women. The fate of humankind could be in their hands. How on earth can that be?

Read on. You will find, Gentle Reader, that an alien anthropologist is amongst this group of women. She is inhabiting a perimenopausal human body (for good scientific reason) and is tasked with the seemingly impossible: making sense of Earth’s reality and advising whether Earth should continue. Hmm.

Good, sound research involves both chocolate (mentioned 120 times) and coffee (only mentioned 20 times). It also involves the reader understanding why (and how) aliens are judging humankind. Gulp.

‘My problem with writing about humans is that, in order to write about one, I virtually have to become one.’

And I’m not going to ruin your journey through Ms Polack’s book by divulging any more of the story. It’s clever, it’s cynical, it’s funny and full of irony (and references to chocolate).

‘It is easy to know everything when one lacks experience.’

Good novels, like fruitcake itself, are compounds. And, like fruitcake, it’s not always possible to distinguish each of the ingredients. For me, there are some unlikely ingredients, but the more I read the more likely they became. I never thought I’d enjoy a novel about a perimenopausal mostly mindwiped alien, but I did. Mostly.

‘This is the way the world ends. Whether it’s the world of humans or the world of an individual human, it will end. With numbers.’

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Reading Progress

August 24, 2019 – Started Reading
August 24, 2019 – Shelved
August 24, 2019 – Shelved as: australian-author
August 24, 2019 – Shelved as: australian-womens-writers-challenge
August 24, 2019 – Shelved as: owned
August 26, 2019 –
page 130
49.24%
August 28, 2019 –
page 200
75.76%
August 31, 2019 –
page 250
94.7%
September 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kim (new) - added it

Kim Sounds like a hoot :D


Jennifer (JC-S) Well worth reading.


message 3: by Claire (new) - added it

Claire This sounds interesting and fun


Jennifer (JC-S) And clever 😊


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