Autumn Laing seduces Pat Donlon with her pearly thighs and her lust for life and art. In doing so she not only compromises the trusting love she has with her husband, Arthur, she also steals the future from Pat’s young and beautiful wife, Edith, and their unborn child.
Fifty-three years later, cantankerous, engaging, unrestrainable 85-year-old Autumn is shocked to find within herself a powerful need for redemption. As she begins to tell her story, she writes, ‘They are all dead and I am old and skeleton-gaunt. This is where it began…’
Written with compassion and intelligence, this energetic, funny and wise novel peels back the layers of storytelling and asks what truth has to do with it. Autumn Laing is an unflinchingly intimate portrait of a woman and her time – she is unforgettable.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
Possibly the author’s finest work to date. A beautiful story of love and art and artists, and all that consequently goes right and wrong.
Written with compassion and intelligence Autumn Laing is about forbidden love, jealousy, betrayal, and the protagonist’s compelling need for redemption.
Autumn Laing was selected by Victoria public librarian vote from a list of suggested nominations compiled by the State Library of Victoria.