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Melting Moments

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About the author

Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy is the author of Piano Lessons, Welcome to Your New Life and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Australian, …

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Praise for Melting Moments

‘A delightful and beautifully written book, suffused with humour and enquiry into the domestic habits, social expectations and morals of a period and place.’ —Joan London

Melting Moments is a quiet masterpiece. An intimate portrait and celebration of the interior life of a woman who is a dutiful daughter, wife and mother, it is certain to become an Australian classic.’ —Alex Miller

‘A tender evocation of times past, and a subtle, elegant portrait of one woman's life and loves as she grows and adapts to a changing world.’ —Ceridwen Dovey

‘An example of the way in which a work of fiction, which is by its definition made up, can sometimes be nonetheless exquisitely true.’ —Louise Swinn, The Saturday Paper

‘A skilful blend of wit and pathos … There is much to enjoy in this accomplished novel: resonant moments of tenderness or acerbic observations; the contradictions and complexities of character; and a stylistic poise that makes the writing feel uniformly, deceptively effortless.’ —Australian Book Review

‘Goldsworthy is a superb writer and an exceptional observer of human nature … Even as she beautifully renders, with restraint and insight, Ruby’s specific story and era, there is a timelessness to this novel and its concern with women’s lives and desires.’ —Readings

‘[A] charming novel … a sensitive and insightful account of a middle-class woman living in the suburbia of her time.’ —ArtsHub

‘A generous and vivid picture of the microscopic details of so many women’s lives … a feminist document of a particularly penetrating kind.’ —Carmel Bird, The Australian

‘A charming, highly engaging story ... Goldsworthy writes beautifully and has created a memorable character in Ruby. A joy to read.’ —The Sydney Morning Herald

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