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Have you ever felt the need to start again?
Dumped by text message, Edie flees Sydney for the refuge of her childhood home, taking only a wilting bonsai as a reminder of her failure. But in this small coastal town, shy, awkward Edie has always lived in the shadow of her surf champion father. How can she move on from her ex -- and from her past?
Her best friend and life-coach, Sally, is full of dubious advice, but Edie finds there are many ways to mess things up all by herself. A new-found talent for erotic writing, a job drawing crab larvae, unrequited lust for a professor with hidden depths and a maddening musician with troubles of his own add to her swag of problems. And then things get complicated ...
A tender and witty tale about finding your voice, falling in love ... and crab sex.
About the Author
Lisa Walker is a community relations officer for the National Parks and Wildlife Service. She was the winner of the Byron Bay Writers Festival short story award. She was a finalist in the ABC Short Story Award and won second place in the Henry Savery and Port Stephens Literature Awards.
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Comments about Sex, Lies and Bonsai:
Sex, Lies and Bonsai is a contemporary romantic comedy by Australian author Lisa Walker. Edie has returned home to the small coastal town of Darling Head after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of over a year. Besieged by insecurities, Edie wallows in her misery until her best friend insists she makes an effort to change her life. So Edie jettisons poetry for erotica, develops a crush on her boss and falls in love with a troubled musician, and then things get complicated
There is plenty of humour in Sex, Lies and Bonsai, despite all the emotional angst. Between Edie's imaginary conversations with her bedside Bonsai, her father's girlfriend's propensity for gardening naked and the establishment of the Crab Sex Institute, Walker's idiosyncratic cast will have you smiling.
Sensitive readers shouldn't be too concerned about the erotic content, I thought it mostly amusing rather than sexy, though be warned, Walker does on occasion use reasonably explicit language, and a lot of bizarre euphemisms.
If you have ever felt no one quite gets you, and maybe no one ever will, then this novel will give you hope. Lisa Walker is a talented writer and Sex, Lies and Bonsai is a quirky, engaging story of self discovery, love and life.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.35