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Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 My Father's Moon
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'Vera is young, awkward and naive. As a schoolgirl, she has her sheltered idealism, her Quaker boarding-school education, and the warm, enveloping sense of security of her parents. As a student nurse during the war, her transition into womanhood is rapid, painful and disastrous. And as an unmarried mother she flees from the nagging tension of her home and the hospital gossip to Fairfields, a place of poetry, music and of people with interesting lives and ideas. Quickly she learns it is otherwise. Yet, for Vera, there is always the moon — her companion, comforter, and the unbreakable link with her father...' (Publisher's blurb, 2008 Penguin publication.)

Notes

  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.
  • Book 1 of the My Father's Moon Trilogy.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, J. M. Coetzee , single work criticism

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1989 .
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      Extent: 171p.
      ISBN: 0140111255 (pbk), 0670822671
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Harper and Row ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 171p.
      Note/s:
      • 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0060160624
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harper and Row ,
      1990 .
      Extent: 171p.
      Edition info: 1st Perennial Library ed
      ISBN: 0060916591
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2008 .
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      Extent: 225p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 5 May 2008.
      • Introduced by J. M. Coetzee.
      ISBN: 9780143180104 (pbk.)
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Vera Wright Trilogy Elizabeth Jolley , New York (City) : Persea Books , 2010 Z982430 2010 selected work novel New York (City) : Persea Books , 2010
Alternative title: Der Mond meines Vaters : Roman

Works about this Work

The Australian Book to Read Next : My Father's Moon by Elizabeth Jolley Carrie Tiffany , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 10 July 2020;

'It is proof of a fine novel when its characters enter your spirit as you are reading and take up residence there. The experience is akin to falling in love. You are vividly enveloped by thoughts of another. They are alive inside you, perceiving the world with you, breath by breath. It is the most intimate of feelings. Film can’t achieve this, or theatre, or visual art; perhaps music gets closest. It’s only the novel that can show you the grain of another’s soul.' (Introduction)

Jolley's Women Bronwen Levy , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 24 no. 1 2009; (p. 111-120)
The essay about Jolley's women 'looks at the ways in which Jolley represents women's longing for other women; it argues that this longing is central to her representation of female characters and the feminine condition. Jolley's literary style, her writing method, makes this question of longing and desire both complex and ambiguous' (112).
Friendship in a Time of Loneliness Barbara Milech , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 24 no. 1 2009; (p. 97-110)
The essay 'explores the ways in which Jolley's fictions are simultaneously motivated by a longing for consummate love - (hetero)sexual, intellectual, spiritual, all at once - and shaped by a gathering understanding of the impossibility of that desire as a way of being in the world' (98-99).
Introduction J. M. Coetzee , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: My Father's Moon 2008;
A Scattered Catalogue of Consolation Elizabeth Jolley , 2006 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Learning to Dance : Elizabeth Jolley : Her Life and Work 2006; (p. 17-53)
Untitled Daphne Glazer , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Margin , no. 22 1990; (p. 33-34)

— Review of My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , 1989 single work novel
Extra to Real Life Drusilla Modjeska , 1998 single work criticism review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 200 1998; (p. 45-46)

— Review of My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , 1989 single work novel ; The Georges' Wife Elizabeth Jolley , 1993 single work novel ; Cabin Fever Elizabeth Jolley , 1990 single work novel
Diverse Voices Reba Gostand , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 9 no. 1 1990; (p. 58-60)

— Review of My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , 1989 single work novel ; The Fortunes of Mary Fortune Mary Fortune , 1989 selected work autobiography prose ; The New Diversity : Australian Fiction : 1970-88 Ken Gelder , Paul Salzman , 1989 selected work criticism ; In the Winter Dark Tim Winton , 1988 single work novel ; City to City Laurie Clancy , 1989 selected work short story ; Flawless Jade Barbara Hanrahan , 1989 single work novel ; Eight Voices of the Eighties : Stories, Journalism and Criticism by Australian Women Writers 1989 anthology criticism extract short story autobiography correspondence prose review interview
Body Language Melissa Hardie , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 49 no. 4 1989; (p. 654-660)

— Review of My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , 1989 single work novel ; Broken Words Helen Hodgman , 1988 single work novel ; Working Hot : A Novel Mary Fallon , 1989 single work novel
Capturing the Essence Cath Kenneally , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , May no. 63 1989; (p. 20-21)

— Review of My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , 1989 single work novel ; The Sugar Mother Elizabeth Jolley , 1988 single work novel
Babies Eat Their Lace: Elizabeth Jolley and the Slaughter of Decorum Eden Liddelow , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: After Electra : Rage, Grief and Hope in Twentieth-Century Fiction 2002; (p. 118-136, notes 194-195)
Humour in Elizabeth Jolley's My Father's Moon K. Radha , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 101-106)
A Scattered Catalogue of Consolation Elizabeth Jolley , 2006 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Learning to Dance : Elizabeth Jolley : Her Life and Work 2006; (p. 17-53)
Introduction J. M. Coetzee , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: My Father's Moon 2008;
Friendship in a Time of Loneliness Barbara Milech , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 24 no. 1 2009; (p. 97-110)
The essay 'explores the ways in which Jolley's fictions are simultaneously motivated by a longing for consummate love - (hetero)sexual, intellectual, spiritual, all at once - and shaped by a gathering understanding of the impossibility of that desire as a way of being in the world' (98-99).
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