In 1930 in the Outback village of Diggers Creek, 21-year-old Amy Fowler and her 3 daughters are abandoned by her husband. Leaving the children with her parents, she runs to Sydney to make a fresh start. Ten years later, her eldest daughter comes to live with her, but jealousy and suspicion abound. Pregnant again, Amy returns to Diggers Creek....
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Amy's Children Reviews
I picked this up and didn't put it down until I was done. I loved it. If you like the spare, penetrating style of Pearl S. Buck and haven't yet read Olga Masters you are in for a treat.
‘A beautiful little book, written with great gentleness and warmth.’Courier Mail‘Olga Masters writes with freshness and brimming exuberance, and yet control over her material is absolute…Amy’s Children is a polished, moving story, one that touches the very roots of being and feeling without the barest hint of cliche.’John Carroll, Age‘Amy’s Children offers a delightfully wicked view of female values and culture.’Bulletin‘In Amy’s Children Masters has changed her background from rural to urban without changing her essential territory—the intense and private lives of women and girls.’Adelaide Advertiser‘Masters’ best work…[It] captures in photorealist detail the peeling facades of the inner city during the years when the Depression was supplanted by war…What makes this quiet novel so remarkable? Partly it is the language, as regular and minutely exact as Amy’s aunt’s hand-sewn buttonholes. But the real magic lies in the way such words are deployed…The sense of loss that pervades this final work is palpable.’Geordie Williamson‘Polished, subtle and sustained. A classic Australian novel.’Eva Hornung‘The women whose small lives are chronicles here might be described as protofeminists…each is absorbed in making her own way in the world. Masters’ orchestration of this theme is superb.’Kirkus Reviews
A simple story but told so well.Starts in the 1930s in the South Coast of NSW. Amy is pregnant at 17, marries and quickly has 3 girls. The husband runs off. She leaves her children with her mother and goes to Sydney to find work.She spends her time buying things for her residence and clothes for herself. She rarely thinks about her children. When her eldest child comes to live with her to go to High School she wants her to tell everyone they are sisters. They become more like friends and even go on double dates.So she is selfish and a manipulative - yet I felt very emphatic towards her. Interesting how the author is able to exact this feeling.And life in Sydney post depression, during WWII and afterwards is beautifully depicted. The good old days were not very golden - low pay, long hours, no work for married women, hunger and deprivation.
A well written story of women in the period around and during WW2. Amy's foolishness in getting pregnant at 17 and ending up with 3 small children and an absent husband. Very young and unable to cope she longs for something more out of life. She abandons her children with her parents and takes off to Sydney. She passes herself as a single woman, gets a job, works hard to get the life she had always wanted. Eventually , as in most cases, life and responsibility catch up with her. A vivid story of the hardships of the time and the many difficulties that women faced. The unkindness and double standards that existed.
This is a story set at the end of the Depression and into WWII, set in rural NSW and in Sydney. It tells of Amy, who after desertion by her husband leaves her with 3 small children, decides to travel alone to Sydney to make her way. Reunion with her children occurs after 10 years and not by her choice. A view of a very different Australia to the one we now inhabit, without social support for single mothers and with a poverty we have all but forgotten.
Read it years ago but it sticks in my head.
I couldn't put this down, and read it in a day! A great commentary on women's lives, and their inner worlds.