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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Escape
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'Rachel Lambert can escape from a Bohemian Torture Crib, but she can't leave her marriage. 'You're stuck,' says the voice inside her head. 'And you'll never get out.'

Her whole life she's tried to be a good girl - she considers others first and she's never missed a deadline. Now her family's doing a vanishing act, her book on magic is a year late to the publishers, and Rachel's losing her grip on reality. She's even taken to fantasising about Harry Houdini in the grocery aisle at the supermarket.

Guido, her husband, is spending more and more time with his star pupil, Silvia, and her daughter, Clara, has run off to Italy, seeking independence and adventure. From Florence, Clara sends news like mysterious puzzle pieces, forming a disturbing picture of Guido's past and exploding her mother's illusions. Yet sometimes truth is the key to freedom - and possibly our salvation . . .

Anna Fienberg's new novel is a wry and wrenchingly honest look at the pitfalls of motherhood and modern marriage - and one woman's attempt to escape them.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Epigraph: Between light and shade there is an intermediate state, something twofold, belonging to both, resembling a light shadow or a dark light. That it is that you must seek, for it holds the secret of perfect beauty. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Dedication: In memory of Goliarda Sapienza

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Bantam Books , 2009 .
      Extent: 437p.
      ISBN: 9781863256681 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

From Tashi to Eternity Anna Fienberg , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 44 no. 4 2012; (p. 10-12)
'When children's author Anna Fienberg decided to write a novel for grown-ups, she discovered that leaving the world of young readers means starting from a cold clean slate.'
Love Gone Wrong on Grown-Up Ground Frances Atkinson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1-2 January 2010; (p. 17)

— Review of The Children's Writer Gary Crew , 2009 single work novel ; Escape Anna Fienberg , 2009 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 September 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Escape Anna Fienberg , 2009 single work novel ; Paradise Updated Mic Looby , 2009 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 September 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Escape Anna Fienberg , 2009 single work novel ; Paradise Updated Mic Looby , 2009 single work novel
Love Gone Wrong on Grown-Up Ground Frances Atkinson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1-2 January 2010; (p. 17)

— Review of The Children's Writer Gary Crew , 2009 single work novel ; Escape Anna Fienberg , 2009 single work novel
From Tashi to Eternity Anna Fienberg , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 44 no. 4 2012; (p. 10-12)
'When children's author Anna Fienberg decided to write a novel for grown-ups, she discovered that leaving the world of young readers means starting from a cold clean slate.'
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