Indelible Ink: A Novel by Fiona McgregorIndelible Ink: A Novel by Fiona Mcgregor

Indelible Ink: A Novel

byFiona Mcgregor

Paperback | October 10, 2013

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Marie King is fifty-nine, recently divorced, and has lived a rather conventional life on Sydney's affluent north shore. Now her three children have moved out, the family home is to be sold, and with it will go her beloved garden.On a drunken whim, Marie gets a tattoo - an act that gives way to an unexpected friendship with her tattoo artist, Rhys. Before long, Rhys has introduced Marie to a side of the city that clashes with her staid north-shore milieu. Her children are mortified by their mother's transformation, but have their own challenges to deal with: workplace politics; love affairs old and new; and, of course, the real-estate market.Written with Fiona McGregor's incisive wit and keen eye,Indelible Ink uses one family as a microcosm for the changes operating in society at large. In its piercing examination of the way we live now, it is truly a novel for our times.
Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and performance artist. She has published five books, four of which have won or been shortlisted for major prizes, including the Steele Rudd Award for the story collectionDirt (originally published asSuck My Toes). Her most recent novel,Indelible Ink, wonThe Age Book of the Year, and was published by A...
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Title:Indelible Ink: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 1.2 inPublished:October 10, 2013Publisher:Scribe PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1922070629

ISBN - 13:9781922070623

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Indelible Ink is a stunning book, a novel that addresses our world and our time with an acute and ferocious acumen. There is also tenderness here and there is wisdom. Marie King, the grandmother who begins to understand living and courage with her first tattoo, is destined to become one of the great characters of Australian literature. This is a superb book by - undeniably now - one of our finest writers.''The best domestic novels use characters in a specific family or social setting to reflect and explore the values and issues of a particular time and place.Indelible Ink, which follows the intersecting lives of one Sydney family during the last days of the Howard era, is such a book - and looks set to be the most talked-about Australian novel sinceThe Slap.''McGregor's writing is subtle and beautiful, alive with imagery but never self-conscious or heavy-handed. Meaning grows on the reader almost imperceptibly, the quiet beauty of the prose as soft and gentle as a rose petal. But there are spikes too, made all the more sharper by contrast: moments of lust, fear, fury that catch the reader by surprise, their impact deep and long-lasting. In the end, [Indelible Ink's heroine] Marie King achieves her desire: she will stay etched in my mind for a long time.'