The Women in Black Synopsis
Sydney in the 1950s. On the second floor of the famous F. G. Goode department store, in Ladies’ Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Among the staff — Patty Williams with her wayward husband Frank, the sweet but unlucky Fay, faithful Mrs Jacob of the measuring tape — is Lisa, the new Sales Assistant (Temporary), who is waiting for the results of her Leaving Certificate. Across the floor and beyond the arch, Lisa will meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.
With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Women in Black is a great novel, a lost Australian classic. (Booktopia)
At the weekends she visited her mother or one of her sisters; Frank drove her there and fetched her, and while she was ‘jaw, jaw, jawing’ he played golf on the public course at Kingsford or drank in a pub. He was a bastard of the standard-issue variety, neither cruel nor violent, merely insensitive and inarticulate. (Page 21, ebook)
The Women in Black is a title I have been eyeing off in my library catalogue for quite some time now. I am expecting ‘chick lit with a message’ – sounds like great summer reading, and a perfect way to start off the new year.
Australian author Madeleine St John was by all accounts as interesting a character as those she created in her novels.
This title will be the first I read for my Aussie Author Challenge 2013 – still plenty of time to sign up!
Looking forward to reading your teasers!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.