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The erratics / Vicki Laveau-Harvie.

The erratics / Vicki Laveau-Harvie.
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Record Number 19848
ISBN 9781460758250
Location B LAV
Author Laveau-Harvie, Vicki (author.).
Title The erratics / Vicki Laveau-Harvie.
Published Sydney, NSW : Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
Collation 217 pages ; 21 cm.
Content types still image
Carrier type volume
General Note First published in 2018 by Finch Publishing. This edition published in 2019.
Summary Note When her elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki travels to her parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which rapidly become clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival. Her mother has always been mentally unstable, but for years camouflaged her delusions and unpredictability. Over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world. Vicki's father, who has been systematically starved and kept virtually a prisoner in his own home, begins to realise what has happened to him and embarks upon plans of his own to combat his wife. Vicki quickly realises how dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, her mother's behaviour is. She fears for her father's life and her own safety if her mother returns home. The power play between her parents takes a dramatic turn and leaves Vicki embroiled in situations that are ludicrous, heart-breaking, and frightening. All this makes for an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Awards Note Finch Memoir Prize, winner 2018.
Stella Prize, winner 2019.
NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, shortlist 2019.
Personal Name Laveau-Harvie, Vicki
Topical Term Families
Adult children
Aging parents -- Care
Mentally ill mothers
Mothers -- Mental health
Dysfunctional families
Family secrets
Mentally ill -- Family relationships
Husband and wife
Abused husbands
Families -- Canada
Adult children -- Australia -- Biography
Geographic Name Australia
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TF1276287 B LAV
Biography   . Available .  
TF1271849 B LAV
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