Cover to Cover - Episode 10
Guest: Susan Midalia
Book Review - Feet to the Stars (UWA Publishing)
This very fine collection of stories is Susan Midalia’s third and strongest. Through her focus on ordinary people and their lives she exposes weaknesses and strengths, joys and griefs. Always compassionate, Midalia is nevertheless stringent in her critique, through her characters, of what is often their lack of empathy, questionable politics and sometimes appalling pretension. Multilayered and suggestive, the stories are not only complete in themselves but extend beyond their boundaries. The complex title story exemplifies this capacity, ending ‘All of them waiting, suspended, hoping to be ready for whatever might come next’. These tantalising stories will repay many re-readings.
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Meri Fatin dressed by Megan Salmon.
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Each month on Cover to Cover, we ask our guest author to recommend another great book by a West Australian author. Susan's recommendation was The Guardians by Lucy Dougan.