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The Golden Age: A Novel

Written by Joan London

Set in Perth, Australia, in a polio hospital in the early 1950s, this book stands out for the poetic quality of the writing. The main character is a 13-year-old aspiring poet and we experience with him the light, the heat, the way time passes for a child, and the intensity of first love. The author seems able to write about not only what her characters say and think and feel but the impulses behind these actions, the subtle ways we experience the world, and how these experiences shape us. I loved all the people in this book and I loved the time I spent reading it.

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