Review: Susan Johnson’s “The Broken Book”

by writereaderly

susan johnson the broken book200pp in, and the book was still exactly where it had started: the dual heroines were unsatisfied as women, as wives, as mothers, as writers; their men treated ’em mean and they stuck around; their dream to write the best novel they could seemed utterly unlikely to come to fruition. Bleuch. Uninspiring. Abandoned. The premise was moderately interesting: novel’s heroine Something Orother (already forgotten), based on historical writer Charmian Clift, recounts her own narrative as well as that of her autobiographical character Cressida Morley (also a character in the novels of both Clift and husband George Johnston). There were also sections with some quite lovely writing, but this novel had little else to recommend it.

Where it came from: Opshop
Time and manner of reading:
One aborted armchair read
Where it went: Home
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Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Life on Earth by David Attenborough