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May 20, 2021


#AWW2021 Jessica Anderson

by N@ncy

I had this book shipped all the way from Australia (…via

Little did I know I ordered a ‘gem’!

8 short stories that are EXCELLENT!

Part 1 (5 stories) reflects the title

Stories told from the point of view of Beatie, (Jessica Anderson)

a young girl growing up in Brisbane (…the “warm zone”),

She recreates family relationships and trace

the path from adolescence to adulthood.

Rhoda, Sybil and Neal represent the author’s siblings.

Part 2: Sydney Stories

2 unhappy marriages + one happy relationship.

The last story can easily be a ‘novella’…took 3 hrs to read

…but oh, so good!

This is the first short story collection I’ve read with

a perfect 100% score….all 8 stories are worth your reading time.

#Bravo Jessica Anderson!!

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 20 2021

    High praise indeed! I loved her longer form, The Commandant, now curious about her shorts thank to this 🙂


    • May 20 2021

      Just a great writer that should be in the spotlight! Next book will be her only historical novel: The Commandant! What is the “book buzz” in the bookstore these last few weeks?


  2. May 20 2021

    So glad you enjoyed this Nancy. I haven’t read it, but have read at least three other Andersons and really like her. I’ve got this one on my radar too. I included her in my later bloomer post, as she was 47 when her first book was published. Her daughter made a bit of a name writing film scripts.



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