FLASH FICTION - Virginia Miranda
" ....a satisfying combination of tales that possess dry delicate humour, are ripe with subterfuge, exhibit strong characterization and dare I say it, are deliciously fruity.” Dimity Powell – Children’s Author
Virginia is the current Secretary and Treasurer of the Fellowship of Australian Writer’s Queensland (FAWQ) and has been working toward this first publication for several years having taken a step back from her Managing Director role at her family’s Brisbane based company.
‘Flash Fiction, Volume One’ is a compilation of 37 stories, each no more than 500 words, concise and easily consumed in brief moments of down time. Stories range from ‘The Autumn Stranger’ a story of unrequited love; Fish’ an aboriginal dreamtime story; ‘Little Bird’ a story from the Spanish Civil War; ‘Ice Cave’ beginning in Neolithic time and ending in the twentieth century. Illustrated throughout, the stories are varied taking the reader on a brief but significant journey etching indelible images of people; places and situations that linger in the mind and often leave the reader wanting more.
Carmel Rowley, Australian author said of the novel, ‘Flash Fiction Volume One is a descriptive work of love and life that leaps from the emotional to the amusing. The stories are put together with intelligence and caring for the life we all lead. A truly enjoyable read.’
Virginia will be presenting her brand new collection - FLASH FICTION: VOLUME TWO.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - VIRGINIA MIRANDA
SATURDAY 7th APRIL - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
THE LONG GOODBYE - Pam Parker
We are thrilled to welcome Pam back to the shop for a chance to meet her readers.
"On 13th October my father killed my mother". And so begins this extraordinarily, moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family. Spanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family,
The Long Goodbye is an unforgettable story of love and loss by an outstanding new writer of originality and remarkable skill.
When Pamela's ageing mother succumbs to advanced dementia and the family attempts to care as best they can for her, it is her father who takes matters into his own hands and ends her mother's life before taking his own life several weeks later. The Long Goodbye takes you into the life of this family, revealing the grit and resilience which has always driven them, as well as the love that binds them together through the years. At times hilariously funny, at times tragic and shocking, The Long Goodbye is ultimately a grand story of love and the unbreakable bonds of marriage and family set against the harsh and unforgiving realities of life on the land.
Disastrous floods, drought, and farming accidents mean that life and death are never far apart. The Australian landscape is evoked in all its beauty, but its danger is inescapable. Pamela writes with incredible honesty and warmth about her own parents, grandparents and extended family, their celebrations, their wit and great humour while never shying from the dark truths and difficult struggles that plague them too. The Long Goodbye illustrates the devastation of dementia and its terrible consequences for an entire family, as well as her father's controversial and unspeakable solution in euthanasia.
The Long Goodbye is a true story of impossible beauty and sadness, and the story of a remarkable love that could be no other way.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - PAM PARKER
SUNDAY 6th MAY - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
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