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“I have never read anything quite like this, nor has anyone else. . . . The voice is acid, funny, at first commonsensical and un-self-pitying, later lyrical, later madly deluded. . . . Brilliant.” ―Andrea Barrett, author of The Air We Breathe
“What an astonishing book this is! It's hard to believe The Paperbark Shoe is Goldie Goldbloom's first novel--because she has the audaciousness, the wildly inventive language, and the historical mastery of--well, it would be hard to think of any one writer she resembles.” ―Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After
“The Paperbark Shoe is a strange, mesmerizing tale about characters uncomfortably defined by superficial eccentricities. It is also a wrenching love story.” ―Joanna Scott, author of Follow Me
“Extraordinary . . . one of the most original Australian novels I've read in a long time.” ―The Sydney Morning Herald
“An assured debut written in beautifully precise language.” ―The Age (Australia)
GOLDIE GOLDBLOOM's fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and Prairie Schooner. Her stories have been translated into more than ten languages. She lives in Chicago with her eight children.
Took a few chapters to get into it but once I was in I was in. It's not going to change your world but it's an interesting read and the author does a good job of bringing you in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Fun Aunt
“The tin roof of the Italian’s hut flashed like a semaphore at the clouds scudding over the moon, smoky white clouds, fraying at the edges, with deep purple bellies”
The... Read more
An interesting, rather dark tale of female suppression, loss and longing, set unusually in the outback of Western Australia. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cassandra C
Fabulous book, incredible writing. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and historically educational. Gorgeous.
Read it. Soon.
I would give this four and half stars. The descriptions of the West Australian landscape reveal the beauty and harshness and for those familiar with this location, a yearning to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Delma
This novel was recommended by a fellow book club member and I have to say I failed to see why she flagged it as a great read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pammy Possum
The characters in this book (Gin and Toad) were so over-the-top dysfunctional, that I had a difficult time finding the story believable. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Miri
Excellent read. Learned so much--World War II, Italian POW's in Australia, the differing cultures, albinos,etc. The story of Gin was most compelling. Could not put the book down. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Elinor Tolpin
This book really kept me captivated. I felt like I was watching a movie. What a story! I hope she write some more, this was her first and only book.Published on March 10, 2013 by Diane E Wright