No doubt Allegra in Three Parts will fly off the shelves into book-club living rooms, where it will be admired for its imagination, political intent, and heart.
Should Australia's small cohort of male readers of literary fiction be bothered to give it a go, they, too, will find much to enjoy - some may even be changed.
One can only hope.
And one can be thankful for Suzanne Daniel's writing, which dares us to do exactly that: hope.
“I've always thought that the best books are ones where you can turn the last page and think "this moved me" or "I really learnt something from reading this". Suzanne Daniel's outstanding debut did both for me.”
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"What can I say. I will borrow some words from Allegra 'I'm bowled over bloody astonished'. This book is all the H words - heartbreaking, heartwarming and hopeful."
Absolutely delightful! A charming insight to growing up in 70's Australia with subtle (and sometimes not so) nods to racism, domestic violence and other social constructs. Allegra is both adorable and heartbreaking in her perception of the adult world. I laughed, I cried...I want more!
“I just totally loved this book. There are so many layers and discussion points all within a beautiful, thoroughly Australian story. The best book I have read all year!”
I think Suzie is a wonderfully engaging writer, and this manuscript is so accomplished for a debut. The cruel paradox of the family's crushing love for Allegra, but conflict with each other, literally damaging her heart, is breathtaking. And we get to take a joyous trip down the 70s' memory lane.
It's not just for children of the seventies, but a universal coming-of-age story with a strong sense of timelessness and timeliness that deeply affected me as a child of the nineties.
"I did initially take it into the bathtub for a ‘short’ read before organising my dinner and so forth, but was still there until I closed the last page nearly three hours later."
"A book of love, family bonds, confusion, reality and loss told with plenty of heart, Allegra in Three Parts is a crowd-pleaser... a tender-hearted debut from Australian author Suzanne Daniel that I highly recommend."