Author: Emily Maguire
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Three somewhat damaged people are thrown together in a low-rent inner-Sydney residential complex. Though an unlikely trio, their lives become entangled.
Katie, the landlady’s granddaughter, has a history of erratic behaviour bordering on the psychotic, initiating dangerous sexual adventures and being drunk and disorderly. She is on medication which she often refuses to take, for it is sex, rock ‘n’ roll, and self-mutilation which works for her at keeping the demons at bay.
Adam, a displaced American, is in shock, mourning for his young and now deceased, Australian-born wife. He is, at the start of the book, like Paul, the American, in Bertolucci’s film, “Last Tango in Paris”, so consumed by his own grief, that he can barely register the existence of anyone else. Katie, refusing to be ignored, however, persists in getting some sort of response from him. He becomes first her sexual conquest, and then, surprisingly, her friend, though he seems unaware of the fact that she actually becomes his salvation. (more…)