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ISBN: 9781760990091
Pages: 280
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Everyday Madness

Written by Susan Midalia

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Life sucks when you are a vacuum cleaner-salesman facing redundancy, and your wife of nearly 40 years fills your days and nights with incessant chatter. But when Gloria suddenly and alarmingly stops talking, the silence is more than 59-year Bernard can bear. In desperation, Bernard turns to his ex–daughter-in-law for help. Meg has issues of her own, and her bright and funny daughter Ella sometimes wonders if her mum is trying so hard to keep her safe it stops them both from spreading their wings. Will Meg’s suspicious nature thwart her chance encounter with the kindly but enigmatic Hal? And is there still hope for Bernard and Gloria on the other side of silence?

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

‘A poignant portrait of suffering within marriage and the ties that bind: wise, witty and humane.’ Gail Jones

‘An engrossing, moving and beautifully observed story of marriage, family and forgiveness.’ Josephine Wilson

Everyday Madness is funny, clever, sensitive and firmly rooted in the real world.’ AU Review

Everyday Madness is a beautiful book, full of love, joy and emotion.’ Westerly

‘This novel is designed to nudge us into seeing the hidden anguish in people’s lives Australian Book Review

Everyday Madness is full of hope, warmth, wit and forgiveness.’ Subiaco Post

‘… extremely well-written novel …’ Good Reading

Everyday Madness is a gripping and stunning novel by Susan Midalia that brings to light the complex nature of familial relationships and how we often take the people closest to us for granted.’ Underground Writers

‘… thought-provoking book …’ Perth Now

‘A smart, witty, and wise read.’ Writing WA


Pages: 280
Publication Year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781760990091
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Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia is the author of three short story collections, all shortlisted for major Australian literary awards: A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars. Her debut novel The Art of Persuasion was published in 2018. She also works as a freelance editor, mentor and workshop facilitator, and has had […]