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5 Mar 2009

The Book Of Emmett

by Deborah Forster
Vintage
9781741667868

A powerful read, set in Footscray, The Book Of Emmett tells the story of a family dealing with the effects of an extremely abusive father. Emmett is an intriguing character, although abusive physically and psychologically to his wife and children due to a problem with alcohol, he is also at times a most inspirational father, always trying to instill his love of literature upon his children (his only other passion apart from alcohol it would seem). The children are obviously all damaged in their own way from his abuse and as they grow older, deal with this in different ways as they watch their father age and diminish with the years.

A harrowing novel in many ways (it made me cry more than once), very well written and though provoking. Recommended for book groups. 

by Cathy