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Vicki Laveau-Harvie Vicki Laveau-Harvie i(A2782 works by)
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Vicki Laveau-Harvie is a lecturerer in French at Macquarie University (2005) and her research interests include language acquisition (including e-learning) and eighteenth century French literature, particularly the work of Voltaire.

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y separately published work icon The Erratics Sydney : Finch , 2018 15542580 2018 single work autobiography

'The family secrets are only just beginning to unravel... 

'When her elderly mother is hospitalised after an accident, Vicki is summoned to her parents' isolated and run-down ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to care for her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which become quickly clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival.

'For years her mother has suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness but carefully hidden her delusions and unpredictable behaviour behind a carefully guarded mask, and has successfully isolated herself and her husband from all their friends. But once in hospital her mask begins to crack and her actions leave everyone baffled and confused ... and eventually scared for their lives.

'Meanwhile Vicki's father, who has been systematically starved and harruanged for years, 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.

'The ensuing power play between the two takes a dramatic turn and leaves Vicki stuck in the middle of a bizzare and ludicrously strange family dilemma. All this makes for an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family drama which will leave you on the edge of your seat.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2019 winner The Stella Prize
2018 winner Finch Memoir Prize
Liquid Centre 1994 single work short story satire
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 January 1994; (p. 6)
1994 third The Sydney Morning Herald / Dymocks Short Story Competition Published Section
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