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Memoirs of a Suburban Girl

A novel

Deb Kandelaars

Memoirs of a Suburban Girl
It is 1979 and a teenage girl is charmed by a man she meets in a disco. Before long, like Alice through the looking glass, she tumbles into a world of strange and frightening characters. Desperate to escape, she takes us into the darkness and out again, delivering her tale with wit, warmth and furious zest.

Memoirs of a Suburban Girl is the cautionary tale of an everyday girl who makes a wrong turn.

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'Deb Kandelaars takes the reader safely into a place where she herself was never safe. Ever since I first saw material from this book I knew it was something astonishing. Its wholehearted, witty and vividly accomplished account of the fascinating and terrible reality of a violent relationship offers us an understanding that we'll all wonder how we've lived without - this is a very big achievement.' - Peter Bishop, Varuna, The Writers' House

Praise for Memoirs of a Suburban Girl:
'Harrowing but brilliant.' - Daily Telegraph

'Gritty and confronting - powerful stuff.' - Sunday Age

'Impossible to put down ... Highly recommended, for everyone. Parents, siblings, friends and neighbours ...' - ANZ LitLovers

'I could not put it down ... Riveting, disturbing and utterly compelling.' - South Coast Register

'Poetically powerful, and emotionally invigorating ... This is Puberty Blues with bite.' - Bonzer

'The strong characterisation and narrative is brave, sensitive and compelling. You'll want to read whatever this new novelist offers next.' - Good Reading

'Kandelaars should be praised for this work, not only for her extraordinary writing, but for bringing attention to this issue that affects so many.' - Samantha Bond, Indaily

'A gritty and gutsy look at the role of the bully and victim.' - Debbie Phillips, Chronicle, Toowoomba

'I believe it is a must for every young impressionable woman and how to make sensible choices in life.' - Readers in the Mist

'Memoirs of a Suburban Girl is much more than an issue based story ... it's a great read for its own sake.' - A Strong Belief in Wicker

Deb Kandelaars was born in the Riverland, South Australia, and grew up in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Masters in Creative Writing. Memoirs of a Suburban Girl is her first novel winning her a Longlines residential fellowship at Varuna, The Writers’ House in 2009, and was short-listed for the Adelaide Festival Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2010.

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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 135 mm
ISBN 9781862549555
Extent 168 pages
Price: AU$24.95 including GST
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