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August 23, 2006


Pauline Wain

I have just borrowed and read your book EG from our public library and loved it, couldn't put it down.
I was particularly impressed in the way you entwined the mental health component and as a mh worker will definately be recommending this work. I am looking forward to reading more.

Lisa Guidarini

Elaine, I agree, it's disturbing but I also think dealt with in a very good fashion. It was hard getting past some of it, especially at the end for some reason, but the quality of the writing is just so fine. It's akin to reading a book like Lolita, from the aspect of having to digest some very difficult subject matter, only in that book you despise the narrator. With ALB you like the characters but despise the acts, which is I guess a bit different.

Lisa Guidarini

Mary, I'd be thrilled if you read her book(s) and let me know what you think. I think ALB is an especially good book, but Emotional Geology is quite good, as well, and has some beautiful, lyrical passages.


While I would not say this book has 'sheer beauty' I do think it is excellent and just so much better than Emotional Geology. The subject matter will probably offend some readers, but it is there and it happens and this is dealt with beautifully here


Gillard is a new author for me. I'll look for one of her novels next time I'm in a bookstore. Thanks for the tip. md

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