ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925384-42-0
Published: 1 April 2018
AU Price: $29.99
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By Anne Connor
Based on a true story, Two Generations explores the lived familial impact of secrets, suffering, forgiveness, hope and redemption.
Lae, New Guinea 1943. Jock Connor is part of a regiment sent to set up a base camp at the Butibum River. During an Inspection of Arms, Jock’s Owen sub-machine gun accidentally discharges, killing his twenty-two-year-old friend and fellow solider, Joseph Forrester.
It’s an event that will hold deep ramifications for years to come.
On his return to civilian life Jock’s wife, Bess, is faced with a new version of her husband– a man emotionally wounded and spiritually broken, and a father who is short-tempered and withdrawn.
When Anne Connor delves into her father’s past two decades after his death, she learns about this tragic event for the first time, and begins to tease out the compelling story of her mother and father.
Weaving a tale of romance, hardship and resilience, Two Generations is an intimate and imaginative retelling of the lasting effect of secrets on a family, and the greater impact of the Second World War on northern Australia.
PRAISE FOR TWO GENERATIONS
‘With the skill of a seasoned thriller writer and the reflective candor of a memoirist, in Two Generations Connor uncovers not only the secrets of her family, but also some secrets from Australia’s history as it played out during involvement in World War II. An ambitious and imaginative storyteller, Connor moves gracefully between past and present, suburban living rooms and muddy jungles, fact and fiction, hers and her parents’ interior landscapes, dreams and reality, all to create a three-dimensional story - so palpable, so alive and urgent that it seizes you by the throat and lingers in you long after its end.’ LEE KOFMAN
‘This book will break your heart. It is a poignant, intimate account of a daughter’s tireless search for the truth of her father’s wartime secrets from the 1940s. The burden of history, and the tragedy of inter-generational guilt and trauma are vividly yet gently exposed so that the daughter’s imaginative re-construction of the past can gradually reveal the meaning of the personal horror of war.’ CARMEL BIRD
'It is deeply moving - as is, apart from some awkward dialogue early on, the whole book: a study of a man finally finding the peace in his daughter's writings, that he didn't in life. The effectively simple writing - incorporating big themes - hits home powerfully. We are the readers, but in many ways, this is a daughter's letter to her father: the adult conversation they never had.' STEVEN CARROLL - THE AGE