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In the Mood - Laura Bloom

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2016
ISBN: 9781925399127
Number Of Pages: 230

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Robert was surprised when he saw the atom blast on film, the mushroom cloud billowing up to the sky, so peaceful and final-looking. So natural-seeming that this was what would end it. ...

...Home was her, Catherine, in her blue cotton dress, dancing to the radio in the living room, the furniture pushed back against the walls to give her space. Him sitting on one of the chairs against the wall, entranced, not just by the glimpses of thigh and garter belt, her skirt in a perpetual flying ruffle, but her energy, her hips and hands and every part of her so alive.


It's February 1946, and Robert Booker is just home from the war. Home is a pretty weatherboard house in Sydney, where his wife, Catherine, is waiting. They haven't seen each for three years, yet they are separated by so much more than time.

Robert is haunted by the horrors of what he has seen and done, fighting in the humid jungles of New Guinea, and Catherine is carrying the guilt of her affair with a charismatic US Marine - and other secrets too painful to confront. Her heart divided between two men, she finds herself longing for all she has lost. With so much that's changed between them, can Catherine and Robert find their way back to each other again?

Through intimately exploring the experience of one couple, and one war, Laura Bloom powerfully humanises the damage wrought by all wars to people everywhere.

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IN THE MOOD is a tour de force of understatement, of insightful and concentrated emotional writing. The Spectator Crisply written and dramatic, IN THE MOOD is compelling fiction. The Age

ISBN: 9781925399127
ISBN-10: 1925399125
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 3rd September 2016
Publisher: Author People
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.34

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