Review: Lorna Sage’s “Bad Blood”

by writereaderly

lorna sage bad bloodMOD’s delight in this book led her to gift me Sage’s splendid essay collection, bless her, and the next week I found this in Brunswick’s favourite Kmart-style opshop. This memoir tells of Sage’s higgledy-piggledy family life – her fornicating pastor grandfather, victimised-by-life grandmother, waif-until-death mother, martinet-by-proxy father – and her breaking of tradition with husband Vic and baby Sharon. Married preggers at 17, both husband and wife simultaneously complete First Class degrees in English four years later: good on Sage for rebelling against her seemingly inevitable fate as slattern teen mum. The book is well written with an eye to the good line, quite enjoyable, recommended.

Where it came from: Super opshop
Time and manner of reading:
A few days of waity, beddy samples
Where it went: MOD
Best line of the book: [Many almost good enough to choose]
Reminds me of/that:
Who I’d recommend it to:
Seekers of a well-phrased underdog-makes-good memoir
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley; Collapse by Jared Diamond