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Words with Wine: Louise Allan 'The Sisters' Song'

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South Perth Library Meeting Room

Cnr Sandgate Street and South Terrace

South Perth, WA 6151

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Join local author Louise Allan for an insight into her TAG Hungerford shortlisted debut novel. Set in rural Tasmania, The Sisters’ Song speaks of dreams, children & family entwined in musical threads.

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Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters' Song traces the lives of two very different sisters, one for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.

As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The two young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora's musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career, while Ida takes a job as a nanny and their lives become quite separate. The two sisters are reunited when Nora's life takes an unwelcome direction and she finds herself, embittered and resentful, isolated in the Tasmanian bush with a husband and children. Ida longs passionately for a family and when she marries Len, a reliable and good man, she hopes to soon become a mother. Over time, it becomes clear that this is never likely to happen. In Ida's eyes, it seems that Nora possesses everything in life that could possibly matter yet she values none of it.

Spanning seventy years, the strengths and flaws of motherhood are revealed through the mercurial relationship of these two very different sisters. The Sisters' Song speaks of dreams, children and family, all entwined with a musical thread that binds them together.

About the Author:
Louise Allan
is a début author from Western Australia. Louise won the 2018 Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award at the Mildura Writers Festival. This manuscript was also awarded a Varuna residential fellowship in 2014 and shortlisted for the City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award.

Doors open at 6pm

Book sales and signing available on the night courtesy of Mill Point Cafe Book Store.

Parking available outside the library, in the lower carpark off South Tce and along Sangate St and South Tce. For a parking map please click here.

In the interests of more sustainable living please BYO mug &/or water bottle. Catering includes one glass of wine per ticket and cheese platters, tea/coffee & non-caffeinated drinks.


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