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...succeeds in building...complex characters with conflicting interests and releasing information at just the right time. Even the epilogue holds surprises. -- USA Today, January 14, 2003

...the plot and the Australian outback setting keep the story interesting. Recommended... -- Library Journal, January 2003

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Emily Barr has written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian for several years, and her previous novels Backpack and Baggage were critically acclaimed. She lives in the south of France with her husband and two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283824
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,441,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Barr is a British author and former journalist. She started writing fiction after backpacking around the world, a trip that formed the background for her first, award-winning novel Backpack. She has now written 13 books, most recently The Sleeper, the story of two strangers meeting on an overnight train with dramatic consequences. She has also written Blackout, a novella in the Quick Reads series. Emily has three children, and lives in Cornwall in the UK.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on February 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Emily Barr has delivered another great novel in BAGGAGE. Like BACKPACK, her debut book, BAGGAGE is a combination mystery, love story and travel narrative. Using her experience as a travel writer with London's Observer and The Guardian, Barr whisks us away this time to the Australian Outback, with all its ubiquitous dust, oppressive heat and beer drinking Aussies.
Lina Pritchett has been on the run for ten years. Why? Well, we're not entirely sure at first but the story unfolds at a teasing pace, as little by little Lina's past comes to light. Settled in Craggy Rock, Lina has a comfortable marriage to Tony, an opal miner, as well as a delightful ten-year-old boy named Red. She teaches elementary school, frequents the neighborhood pub, indulges in neighborhood gossip and feels her roots spreading with ease, for the first time in a decade.
On another continent, Larry is a second-rate reporter in search of a blockbuster story that will help his career soar --- he will stop at nothing to get it. This means that he'll search through co-workers' desks when they're not looking, cheat on his unsuspecting girlfriend, manipulate the few friends he has --- and lie, lie, lie. He's a weasel with a mission.
The stories of Lina and Larry intersect in the person of Sophie, a natural beauty with a sweet naiveté. Traveling in Australia, her first trip away from England, Sophie attends a local wedding on a whim, where she discovers her best friend since third grade, Daisy Fraser. The trouble is that Daisy died ten years ago when she threw herself from a bridge to escape going to jail for a horrible, mysterious crime. Despite Lina's protestations and fake Australian accent, Sophie knows in her heart that she has found her long-lost, believed-to-be-dead friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on March 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I picked this book up, I thought it would be a typical chick flick ~~ it wasn't. Much to my surprise, it's somewhat of a mystery book ~~ and I enjoyed it immensely! At least, I have a better idea of what Australia is like!
Lina is preoccupied with hiding her pregnancy from the villagers of Craggy Rock, a desert town in Australia. She hasn't even told her 10-year-old son yet ~~ and the next day, her whole life changes upon a chance meeting with an Englisher who was insistent that Lina is her best friend, who had disappeared ten years previous. Lina insists that she's Lina, wife to Tony and mother to Red ~~ is she hiding something more than she is willing to let on? And Barr writes convincingly of a woman with a past ~~ how the past catches up with her and the sleazy journalists who swarmed over the sleepy desert town just to get the hottest story of the year.
It is a quick read ~~ perfect beach read ~~ and it's not one of the fluffy chick lit either. Don't let the cover fool you. If there were sex scenes in that book, there weren't that many and it wasn't graphic either. The characters were more preoccupied with alcohol than sex ~~ which is an unusual change of pace for me! But it was an enjoyable read ~~ Barr is one author I would like to read more on...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on February 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Baggage is a suspenseful and complex novel about a woman who thought she had escaped her painful past. Lina Pritchett has finally found the normalcy she's always craved. She's an elementary school teacher in a small Australian town, has a loving husband and an adorable adopted ten-year-old son. However, her ordered world shatters when she reunites with an old friend -- a friend who had left her for dead years ago. What is Lina hiding? And will she be able to escape her past again? To make matters worse, she is pregnant. There are various twists in the novel.
Emily Barr is a great new voice in fiction. Baggage is readable from cover to cover. I devoured it in two days. I look forward to reading Backpack, her first novel.
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Baggage starts off at a pretty slow pace, but once the main part of the story gets going the want to keep reading until the final page factor does kick in. To be honest if I hadn't read other books by Emily Barr I may have stopped reading before getting there, so if you're thinking of giving up on the book and trying something else, stick with it for a bit longer. It becomes a fun, albeit a fair bit unrealistic tale, but it is fiction after all.

Basic plot revolves around a woman who as a teen faked her own death while out on bail for a crime which we slowly get leaked the details of as the novel goes on so I won't give away what that is. She seems to have fooled everyone and with a fake ID that says she's 29 as well as a child who is now ten who she claims she adopted as a baby in India when abandoned there by some hippies, she has reinvented herself. She has a baby on the way to an opal miner in the small isolated Australian outback mining town of Craggy Rock and thinks she can now get on with her life as a school teacher. However when some backpackers decide to crash her student's wedding reception she is happy to interact with them, since the groom was married to her best friend before being caught with the student, and she doesn't want to be there. After posing for a photo she notices one of the backpackers staring at her, the girl says her name is Sophie, that she is her best friend, everyone thought she was dead and calls her Daisy. Lina tells Sophie she is confusing her with someone else and quickly makes herself scarce. However Sophie is convinced Lina is Daisy and back in London tells her journalist boyfriend. He doesn't really believe her but imagines if it were true it would be the big break he needs.
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