My Father's Moon (1989)

My Father's Moon (1989)

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Vera is young, awkward and naive. As a schoolgirl, she has her sheltered idealism, her Quaker boarding - school education, and the warm, enveloping security of her parents.

As a student nurse at the large military hospital during the war, her transition to womanhood - and victim to more experienced players - is rapid, painful and disastrous.

And as an unmarried mother, she flees from the nagging tension of her home and the gossipy stares of the hospital. to Fairfields, a place of poetry, music and of people with interesting lives and ideas. Quickly she learns it is otherwise. Yet, for Vera, always there is the moon - her companion, comforter, and the unbreakable link with her father...

My Father's Moon is one of Elizabeth Jolley's finest novels, full of alarming perceptions, black irony and tenderness. It is a remarkable achievement.