Between a wolf and a dog / Georgia Blain.Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 257 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781925321111; 9781925228540; 1925321118Subject(s): Domestic fiction | Family therapy -- Fiction | Family therapists -- Family relationships -- Fiction | Family therapists -- Fiction | Psychotherapy -- Fiction | Australian fiction | Dysfunctional families -- Fiction | Australian fiction -- 21st century | Conduct of life -- Fiction | Rain and rainfall -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Fiction | AustralianGenre/Form: Australian fiction | Domestic fiction | Australian fiction. DDC classification: A823.3
Outside, the rain continues unceasing; silver sheets sluicing down, the trees and shrubs soaking and bedraggled, the earth sodden, puddles overflowing, torrents coursing onwards, as the darkness slowly softens with the dawn. Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the anxieties of the middle class: loneliness, relationships, death. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to fall in love again. Meanwhile, April is struggling through her own directionless life; Lawrence's reckless past decisions are catching up with him; and Ester and April's mother, Hilary, is about to make a choice that will profoundly affect then all. Taking place largely over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a celebration of the best in all of us - our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous tribute to the beauty of being alive.