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This critically acclaimed work explores the themes of missed opportunities, poor decisions and the never-ending search for meaningful connections.

He straightened his spine, raised his head, and extended his gun arm towards me in a slow, vertical arc. I saw then what he was, and stood still in front of him, for he was here on business. He was a small, serious, stone-eyed angel of mercy.

Janet is a skeptic, a journalist; Maxine revels in New Age fantasies; and Ray, a drifter, is a born-again Christian. The common ground is the house they share. But their fragile domestic balance is about to explode amid the smashing of ukeleles, the unexpected ascension of an angel and a sudden shower of jonquils.

©1992, 2012 Helen Garner, Introduction copyright Ramona Koval (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing

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