Introduction by Danielle Wood
In Helen Hodgman’s dazzlingly written debut a young woman is trapped in a small city on an island at the end of the world—by motherhood and an absent husband, by busybody in-laws and neighbours, by a drab society yet to throw off the shackles of its colonial past. A darkly funny tale of a crack-up in stultifying suburbia, Blue Skies marked the emergence of a unique, acerbic voice in Australian fiction.
This edition includes an introduction by the acclaimed Tasmanian author Danielle Wood.
‘Strange and memorable.’
‘The very essence of Tasmanian gothic.’
‘Singularly searing and merciless prose.’
‘Sensuous…Prickly as a sea urchin.’
‘A convincing study of a woman slowly losing her mind.’
‘Elegantly written, atmospheric.’
‘Has a masterpiece’s power to thrill and discomfort.’
‘As fresh, punchy and relevant now as it was on its [first] release…A compelling vision.’
‘Stylistically assured…Daring and persuasive in its depiction of a controlled and vengeful anguish.’