The Erratics – A memoir

Winner of the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize - The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie

About The Erratics

When her elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki travels to her parents’ isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which rapidly become clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival.

Her mother has always been mentally unstable, but for years camouflaged her delusions and unpredictability. Over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world.

Vicki’s father, who has been systematically starved and kept virtually a prisoner in his own home, begins to realise what has happened to him and embarks upon plans of his own to combat his wife.

Vicki quickly realises how dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, her mother’s behaviour is. She fears for her father’s life and her own safety if her mother returns home. The power play between her parents takes a dramatic turn and leaves Vicki embroiled in situations that are ludicrous, heart-breaking, and frightening.

All this makes for an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Events Coming Soon

Blue Mountains Event

Vicki will also be holding an in conversation with Carol Major, Carol holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and literature and Master and Doctorate degrees in Creative Arts.

Saturday 16 June,1:30 for 2pm at:

 The George Boutique Hotel 194 Great Western Hwy, Blackheath NSW 278

Tickets: $10

Bookings:  via the shop  (02) 4787 6340 / Shop1, Collier's Arcade Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath

 

Praise For The Erratics

The Erratics grabbed me by the throat and never let go. Its sharp vinegary tone added  a thrilling and bracing  note to  this portrayal  of an extreme  dysfunctional family. The writing has a visceral quality as well as a terrific sense of timing, irony and place – an unfamiliar and remote location far removed from Australia, but the author’s tug back to Australia from this cold, inhospitable setting adds another dimension of contrast. There is a universality to the story, of ageing parents and conflicted children grappling with uncomfortable responsibilities. I loved it.’

Caroline Baum, author, journalist, broadcaster and literary reviewer