The Fog Garden
A moving and eloquent novel that has confirmed Marion Halligan's status as one of Australia's finest writers. Marion, is a woman of a certain age whose much-loved husband of thirty-odd years has just died. And Clare, like Marion, is a novelist. With the loss of such a marriage of true minds and kindred spirits Clare finds herself building a 'cathedral of grief' - and reeling into the arms of an old friend. Life and writing loop and spiral around Clare and the central enormous fact of her husband's death. Shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, The Fog Garden is a rollercoaster of a story about the nature of fiction and how life creates art, how adultery can be liberating and how grief is as much a gift as love. Halligan has crafted a poignant and powerful novel, playing all the time on that dangerous ground between her own life and that of her heroine. Marion Halligan is an award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her novel, The Golden Dress, was shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, the Miles Franklin Award and the Nita B. Kibble. She has also received the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year, and the Geraldine Pascall prize for critical writing. Her novels are Spider Cup, Lovers' Knots and Wishbone; books of essays, non-fiction and short stories include Collected Stories, Eat My Words, Out of the Picture, Cockles of the Heart; she's written a children's book, The Midwife's Daughters; and with Lucy Frost co-wrote Those Women who Go to Hotels. Paperback
Shortlisted for Kibble Literary Award 2002.