y Too Close to Home single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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'Freya writes uncomfortable domestic dramas. Her friends work in theatre and film, show in galleries, talk politics and are trying new ways of having children with friends. These are the people who are slowly gentrifying the next ring of inner-city suburbs while praising their diversity.

'As the stultifying heat of summer descends, Shane, an Aboriginal man, moves up the road. He was once close to Matt, Freya's partner, and he not only brings with him a different approach to life, he also has news of a boy who might be Matt's son. Despite wanting to embrace all that Shane represents and the possibility of another child in their life, Freya and Matt stumble, failing each other and their beliefs.' (From the publisher's website.)

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording, e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 2011 .
      Extent: 293p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 2 May 2011
      ISBN: 9781864711783 (ebk.), 9781864711776 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Less Than Feminine Zones : Postfeminist Cession in Georgia Blain’s Too Close to Home and Peggy Frew’s House of Sticks Belinda Burns , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Women's Writing , March vol. 10 no. 1 2016; (p. 56-66)
'Throughout twentieth-century Australian fiction, suburbia is generally depicted as a feminine domain, set in opposition to the masculine city or bush landscapes. The suburban, domestic setting is trivialized, satirized, or ignored as a site incompatible with a narrative of transformation – a location from which to flee. Traditionally, the male protagonist embarks upon these flight narratives, leaving the female characters to endure dull lives of “domesticated conformity” in the suburbs. Not until second-wave feminism of the 1970s and 1980s is the female protagonist liberated from her suburban “cage” by women writers, many of whom identify as feminist. More recently, “postfeminist” scholars such as Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker, Mary Vavrus, and Susan J. Douglas observe the rise of a “retreatist” narrative in popular media such as “chick-lit,” television drama, and film. This overtly restorative narrative typically features a female protagonist rejecting the public (assumed masculine) sphere and returning to a more domestic (assumed feminine) domain as the ultimate solution to a problematized state of “incompleteness.” This essay explores contemporary representations and narratives of the female protagonist in domestic, suburban settings in Georgia Blain’s Too Close to Home and Peggy Frew’s House of Sticks, both published in 2011. Of particular interest is evidence supporting rejection, interrogation, or subversion of the retreatist narrative as a viable postfeminist solution, or, alternatively, more creative reimaginings of the suburban setting, which permit “new” narratives of feminine transformation.' (Publication abstract)
Ladies' Man Shortlisted Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 11 March 2012; (p. 7)
Slap-Happy Melinda Harvey , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 331 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Traversing the Barren Landscape of Betrayal Peter Pierce , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 7 May 2011; (p. 23)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 May 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel ; Killed at the Whim of a Hat Colin Cotterill 2011 single work novel
Rich but Unexplored Terrain Felicity Plunkett , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 May 2011; (p. 22)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Shouting in the Kitchen Stephanie Bishop , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7- 8 May 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 May 2011; (p. 28)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel ; The Precipice Virginia Patricia Duigan 2011 single work novel
Welcome to the Real World Dorothy Johnston , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 May 2011; (p. 36)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Step Outside the Clique Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 June 2011; (p. 23)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Fiction : Reviews Jane Barry , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 June 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Ideals Mugged by Domestic Reality Johanna Leggatt , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 June 2011; (p. 7)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Slap-Happy Melinda Harvey , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 331 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Traversing the Barren Landscape of Betrayal Peter Pierce , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 7 May 2011; (p. 23)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 May 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel ; Killed at the Whim of a Hat Colin Cotterill 2011 single work novel
Rich but Unexplored Terrain Felicity Plunkett , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 May 2011; (p. 22)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Shouting in the Kitchen Stephanie Bishop , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7- 8 May 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 May 2011; (p. 28)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel ; The Precipice Virginia Patricia Duigan 2011 single work novel
Welcome to the Real World Dorothy Johnston , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 May 2011; (p. 36)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Step Outside the Clique Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 June 2011; (p. 23)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Fiction : Reviews Jane Barry , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 June 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Ideals Mugged by Domestic Reality Johanna Leggatt , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 June 2011; (p. 7)

— Review of Too Close to Home Georgia Blain 2011 single work novel
Ladies' Man Shortlisted Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 11 March 2012; (p. 7)
Less Than Feminine Zones : Postfeminist Cession in Georgia Blain’s Too Close to Home and Peggy Frew’s House of Sticks Belinda Burns , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Women's Writing , March vol. 10 no. 1 2016; (p. 56-66)
'Throughout twentieth-century Australian fiction, suburbia is generally depicted as a feminine domain, set in opposition to the masculine city or bush landscapes. The suburban, domestic setting is trivialized, satirized, or ignored as a site incompatible with a narrative of transformation – a location from which to flee. Traditionally, the male protagonist embarks upon these flight narratives, leaving the female characters to endure dull lives of “domesticated conformity” in the suburbs. Not until second-wave feminism of the 1970s and 1980s is the female protagonist liberated from her suburban “cage” by women writers, many of whom identify as feminist. More recently, “postfeminist” scholars such as Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker, Mary Vavrus, and Susan J. Douglas observe the rise of a “retreatist” narrative in popular media such as “chick-lit,” television drama, and film. This overtly restorative narrative typically features a female protagonist rejecting the public (assumed masculine) sphere and returning to a more domestic (assumed feminine) domain as the ultimate solution to a problematized state of “incompleteness.” This essay explores contemporary representations and narratives of the female protagonist in domestic, suburban settings in Georgia Blain’s Too Close to Home and Peggy Frew’s House of Sticks, both published in 2011. Of particular interest is evidence supporting rejection, interrogation, or subversion of the retreatist narrative as a viable postfeminist solution, or, alternatively, more creative reimaginings of the suburban setting, which permit “new” narratives of feminine transformation.' (Publication abstract)
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