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Wasp Season [Paperback]

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This contemporary Australian thriller is on one level a story of family disintegration and social alienation. It concerns Beth, her estranged husband Mark, and his beautiful young girlfriend, Helen. The wasp tale unfolding in Beth's garden provides the reader with a fascinating and compelling parallel story that holds up a distorted mirror to the human drama. As the narrative gathers momentum, the connections between the two worlds come sharply into focus and it is clear that the lives of Beth and the others are neither safe from nor separate to the natural world. Author Bio- Jennifer Scoullar was born in Melbourne in 1957 and graduated in Law and Jurisprudence from Monash University. She has always possessed a great respect and passion for nature. She lives with her family on a small rural property in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne.

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Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 9, 2007
Publisher   sid harta publishers
ISBN  1921206594  
ISBN13  9781921206597  

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Unique nature thriller.  Nov 17, 2007
This is a fast accessible read which gets the reader involved in unusual and pleasing ways. The drama of the insects is always fascinating and as their narrative gathers momentum it is gripping, becoming a kind of horror story. But the story of the insects never overshadows the human drama because the author has made that involving and takes it in unexpected directions. The conclusion, while horrifying and statling, is presented in such a way that the reader wholly believes it. It is a powerful and frightening conclusion to a gripping story.
Great new Australian fiction  Nov 12, 2007
This debut novel is an engrossing and thrilling study into human relationships and the natural world. Part of the story explores a family after separation, dealing with issues of new partners and children, custody, regret, loneliness and mental illness. The other storyline takes place in the garden of Beth, the novel's protagonist. As Beth deals with the events in her life, the garden provides a place for her to escape, reflect and to direct her energies. The lives of the insects compliment and intersect with those of the humans, and also provide some shocking twists and turns.

Packed with drama and featuring elements of horror, this book keeps you enthralled from start to finish. A very exciting book by a new author!
New Australian novelist to watch  Nov 11, 2007
Wasp Season is the author's first novel in which she employs an innovative use of the natural world as a metaphor for the human drama as well as providing readers with a fascinating parallel story. The novel also acts to inform readers of the dangers that introduced species pose while educating the reader about the life cycle and social lives of various species of insects, and perhaps could instill a greater appreciation for them.

The contemporary human drama combines to address a number of pressing social issues including: motherhood and fatherhood (parenting), work and family, the nature of contemporary intimate relationships, the supremacy that paid work holds in our lives, materialism, social disintegration and alienation (e.g. gambling) and the meaningless of modern day lives devoid of any real connections.

The author is a highly gifted and imaginative writer. She is a new Australian novelist to watch.

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