Truth is stranger than fiction, or you couldn’t make this stuff up!

The beauty of a well written memoir like, The Erratics, is those times when you are so ensconced in the writers story, the lines between fiction and non-fiction seem to blur. At certain points in the book you lift your head up look around, blurry eyed, thinking did that really happen? The Erratics is sharp, funny and captivating with a dark undertone. A lot like the harsh yet beautiful landscape the story is set in.

Vicki Laveau-Harvie is reading here, from the first few pages in the book during her book launch. Take the 4 minutes out of your day, it will have you hooked!

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  • liz reedy June 18, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t for a moment think truth is stranger than fiction. I loved this book. I have a a big story about a mother with an unmedicated mental illness who became an opal miner at Lightning Ridge when she was sixty and boy did the end part of her life throw up some real challenges which I showed up for. My sister couldn’t. My brother had already died. I liked this book because of the way Vicki can tell the story from the end of life point of view. More stories like this need to be told because the part where our parents grow old hold particular challenges for us all. And when that dysfunctional connection is not severed you have to go there for that final relationship whether it is with the parent themselves or with all the authorities, or with all the things that have to be done. There are so many assumptions that come with ageing parents and the nature of our roles beside our parents that I loved the exploration of this. The way one sister could do some things and Vicki had her own way of thinking and seeing the situation was well shown to us. No lectures, no judgements, it was just the impact that ‘she’ had had on both of the girls. When I was watching the video of the book reading I was surprised that people laughed at parts of the opening hospital scene but for me it wasn’ t funny because I know the terrain. Yet the fact that it could make people laugh told me that people were engaging with the story which is what a writer wants. Well done Vicki this was a tricky story to tell. I haven’t told mine yet bit your way of doing it has given me a great deal of food for thought.


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