Allegra in Three Parts
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 28th May 2019
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
Allegra is left to orbit these three adult worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.
This is the most heartbreakingly beautiful story of a shattered family ripped apart by tragedy yet holding it together for one child, Allegra. They each live their separate lives, side by side, doing what they think is best for Allegra but in doing so they are breaking her down. She is Allegra, Ally, Al Pal torn between three adults, trying to please everyone.
“Their unspoken words bounce of each of them but chisel deep into me.”
The story is narrated by Allegra as she handles bullies at school, makes a new best friend and tries to find her place in the world listening at doors and under windows piecing together snippets of information to make her own naive conclusions.
Within this story about an unconventional family Daniel has managed to cover so many relevant issues without any of it feeling contrived. She explores feminism in the 70’s, the women’s movement, domestic violence, the need for women’s refuges, the far reaching and long term effects of the war, friendship, family and growing up.
I liked the inclusion of the positive influence of the Catholic schooling, and in particular Allegra’s teacher Sister Josepha, had on Allegra’s life. Many are quick to condemn the Catholic system but it has been nothing but positive for me and my children.
Allegra in Three Parts is a novel about family in all it’s complexities. The characters were real and the setting authentic with mentions of songs, fashion and phrases placing it solidly in its time frame. It explores innocence and girlhood. It is heartbreaking and uplifting, an original novel about a remarkable young girl. This pre-teen will steal your heart and remain with you long after the last page is turned.
Two defining moments in this family’s life; one tore them apart. Will the second reconcile them?
|Photo credit: Nick Epoff|
Suzanne Daniel is a journalist and communications consultant who has also worked for ABC TV, the Sydney Morning Herald, the United Nations, BBC (London) and in crisis management and social services. For the past twenty years she has served on community, philanthropic and public company boards. Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and family. Allegra in Three Parts is her first novel.
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