The Nearly Happy Family

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Penguin Group Australia, May 4, 2009 - Fiction - 462 pages
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'My point is this: who needs enemies when you have a family?'

Claire Delaney, a fiery fifteen-year-old, and her mother, Jackie, are both out of control.  They've had a lot to deal with after the tragic death of Claire's father – and they're driving each other crazy.

When Jackie, a forty-something comedian, announces she's going to marry a younger man she's only just met, Claire is outraged.  In retaliation she apprentices herself to a volatile Italian chef, who teaches her the secrets of his kitchen.  In time, both Jackie and Claire discover that life – like the best recipes – is at once mysterious and mysteriously simple.

'A convincing and engaging portrait of a family, with a cast of well-drawn minor characters, Some highly evocative South Australian settings and a wonderful account of like in a restaurant kitchen.'

' . . . delivers the untidiness of family life with humour and pathos.'

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About the author (2009)

Catherine McKinnonhas a background in film and theatre, and has written, directed and helped develop many new Australian plays. Originally from Adelaide, where she worked for the Red Shed Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Cath moved to Sydney to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at UTS. While completing her first novel, she worked as a director and tutor at the University of Wollongong and at Flinders University, South Australia. In 2006 she won the Penguin/Australian Women's Weekly prize for short-story writing for 'Haley and the Sea'. She is currently working on her second novel and is completing a PhD at Flinders University.

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