I can't wait to read more of her books: Oct 15, Renita D'Silva rated it it was amazing. Could not put down.
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Will be reading all the books by this wonderful author. Dec 01, Bree T rated it it was amazing Shelves: It gave me a bit of an idea how popular it was when I was about 9th in the queue and had to wait close to three months in order to read it! It was worth the wait. The novel is told predominantly from the point of view of Med Atley, a man in his late 50s. He writes and writes, taking us back to the probable beginning — when he was just a young bloke with an eye on a pretty girl.
He was born there, married there, bought his first house there, welcomed his three children there and never wanted to leave. Med did his best, sending the smart and dedicated Kat to a good boarding school to further her education. Blue stayed local for a while and then headed up to Lightning Ridge to try his hand at mining. That left Med and Fat at home together and when Fat was just 15 she was starting to come home later, sneak out. Med was the last to know that she was involved with a local orphan-gone-bad and after a few blow ups, Fat went out there to live with him.
They never had any money, Fat always worked odd end jobs while her boyfriend, Paul Haines, did very little of anything. When Fat ends up pregnant after a while, Med tries to be happy because he loves Fat and he is a proud granddad. But one day, when little Seth is 14wks old, he gets a call to come to the hospital. From there the novel really steps it up a gear. Seth is the victim of shaken baby syndrome and is taken into care.
Med visits her as often as he can, trying to be supportive, especially now that after years, Haines is finally out of the picture. He thinks Fat is doing well until the social workers tell him that not only is Fat pregnant, but the father is a Sudanese refugee who may or may not even be 18 yet. Every now and then you read a book where everything works for you. I Came To Say Goodbye was one of those books for me.
Med is a bush Australian man, not overly educated, worked hard to bring home the money for his family, give his wife everything that she wanted and stepped in as mother and father when she took off. He has a way of speaking that to me, personifies a lot of genuine country Australian men, who are quite different to their city counterparts. The setting was both familiar and well painted. I even stayed at a place that Med mentions in the novel! I have to admit, I have a real soft spot for novels that are set in a well-known place, especially when that place evokes good memories.
This one did more than that, it showcased the culture of the town as well. Well I already mentioned how quickly I read this one, so I was obviously drawn right into what was happening and the story Med was telling. As a mother I was horrified at some of the events, moved to tears and scared out of my wits about this job of raising kids during this novel.
Jan 20, Marcus Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an excellent novel by Caroline Overington, intelligent, descriptive, and informative; it will keep you reading till the end. It deals with some sensitive subjects: We know that in past times, officials and carers caused enormous damaged to mothers and children by forcibly taking babies from un-wed mothers -- even to the point of telling the new mothers that the baby had been stillborn, so there was no need to This is an excellent novel by Caroline Overington, intelligent, descriptive, and informative; it will keep you reading till the end.
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We know that in past times, officials and carers caused enormous damaged to mothers and children by forcibly taking babies from un-wed mothers -- even to the point of telling the new mothers that the baby had been stillborn, so there was no need to see it. This novel is set in more contemporary times, but there is still much to be done to help parents. The novel has a strong factual aspect, as you would expect from an author renown for investigative journalism.
The story is in first person; mostly told from the grandfather's perspective, and the remainder from his adult daughter.
The novel centres around a woman named as Fat. She starts adult life with a no-good, violent, drug-dealing criminal in a remote farming community. They have a baby, but the violent partner, Paul Haines, shakes it vigorously, inflicting permanent mental injuries on the child. When she is blamed, social services take away her baby, sending the mother into depression and madness. The child exists on life-support, but they all expect it to die within days or weeks. The fate of these people, living close to the line, keeps you wondering what will happen next; what disaster will these people bring on themselves, and what new political correct action will the social workers inflict on them?
So you keep reading, gulping it down, living in fear of what might happen. It's an interesting mix for a novel: Finally, there is a vulnerable baby only weeks old, with a tenuous grasp on life. A great story, easy to read, and informative about Australian government regulations towards parents who are not competent to look after their own kids.
And certainly there are many such parents and children who need assistance. As we know from the past, turning them over to Church-run institutes proved to be a disaster, a crime of mammoth proportions; largely because the carers were judgmental and haughty, looking on those who needed help as sinners and losers. So read the story! You'll enjoy it, absorb it, and learn from it. The style of writing is quite believable as written down by a farmer, and later his worldly lawyer daughter.
The idiom is clear and relaxed, nothing pompous or pretentious to confuse the reader. In the novel, there are descriptive passages that reveal the author understands many things: She knows the city and country towns and the ways of people, police, welfare workers, doctors, and the public. It all builds to make an excellent novel.
I didn't want Fat mad at me. I didn't want to yell at her, or to ground her too much. I didn't want her telling me she hated me, not even when I knew she didn't mean it. She might have been 15 years old, and womanly in all ways that matter, but she was still my little girl, the one who'd had to grow up without her mum, who hadn't been able to make any friends, who got teased for being big and, who, like most teenage girls, probably wanted nothing so much as a bit of attention from a boy, and this one - this idiot, Haines - was the only one who was paying her any.
Dec 31, Kirsty Book - Love - Bug rated it liked it. I finished this book last night with tears in my eyes. Having read the back of the book, I was expecting an action packed thrill ride, but it isn't like that, it's a slow tale through the history of a family which eventually culminates in a tragedy. It is a very moving storyline though, it just takes time to build.
I Just Came Back To Say Goodbye
The book begins with a very short prologue describing a woman walking into a hospital at 4am, and taking a baby. Part One is then written by a man, Med Atley, father to three children I finished this book last night with tears in my eyes. Part One is then written by a man, Med Atley, father to three children who describes his marriage, bringing up his children and the past slowly making his way forward in to the present. Part Two is written by one of Med's daughters, Kat, as she picks up a specific part of the tale before returning to Med.
The entire book is written as a letter from Med and Kat to a Court judge. It isn't apparent from the start what Court case is happening, but it is clearly something to do with the kidnapped baby. Finally, the book ends with a letter written to the judge by a lady we haven't met before. I personally really liked the style it was written in, it was very personable and I thought it was unique. It perhaps wasn't as gripping as I'd imagined or hoped for, and there were some flaws in the story but it was generally captivating and moving. Mar 05, Jody rated it it was amazing.
I really loved this book. When I couldn't decide what I was in the mood to read I picked up 'I came to say Goodbye' and that was it it I couldn't put it down. This is my third book by Caroline Overington and I amazed at the ease in which I am sucked into her books and can not put them down. This is my favourite so far out of 'Matilda is missing' and 'Sisters of Mercy'.
I normally don't read books that deal with such disturbing subject matters; but I have thus far been converted. I think it must I really loved this book. I think it must be a really talented writer who can accomplish this and I am grateful. I am telling anyone who cares to listen to me to read one of Caroline's books even if it's not the kind they normally read because I am sure they will enjoy them. Dec 19, Sara Cole rated it really liked it.
Amazing that this is written mostly from the perspective of a 60 year old man it is a book that I think women would relate to. Motherhood and family relationships are the central themes of this novel.
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I found myself agonising over the cascade of events that lead to an absolutely avoidable tradgedy. I also admired the unconditional love, support and committment that Med was able to give to his family from start to finish. If I had the time this is the type of novel you could read i Very Very Good! If I had the time this is the type of novel you could read in one sitting. The language flowed beautifully and was simply stated so there was no need to re-read paragraphs trying to figure out who is who and what's going on.
I had a real feel for the character personalities and the story was face paced and drama packed so I really just wanted to keep reading. May 02, Chloe rated it really liked it. Loved this Aussie story Vegemite and butter worms and all. It's so refreshing to read a book like this being set in Australia. It's a diverse story weaving so many social issues seamlessly into a unique mystery. I loved that it was written in letter format, underlining the power of parental love and the battle to keep family together.
I very nearly gave this book 5 stars, but the ending took that half star away. I wasn't sure I liked the new voice at the end, but I do realise that 4. I wasn't sure I liked the new voice at the end, but I do realise that a bit more background was needed from another point of view. Just a small issue, but still a great read. Oct 25, Bettina rated it liked it. This author manages to discuss issues in life that not many other authors write about.
The storyline did take awhile to get going though, and I'm not too sure about the format of how the story was written in letter form. The story did start to pick up half way through though.
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A very heartbreaking story. The story did paint DoCS as being pretty useless, although I can't judge on that as I've never had any need for them before personally. Loved how the author discussed the topic of mental illness This author manages to discuss issues in life that not many other authors write about. Loved how the author discussed the topic of mental illness and different cultural beliefs. It was a little annoying how we never actually found out what really did happen to Seth.
Or what happened to Haines. A young woman pushed through the hospital doors. Staff would later say they thought the woman was a new mother, returning to her child - and in a way, she was. She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping. The infant didn't wake when the woman placed her gently in the shopping bag she had brought with her. There is CCTV footage of what happened next, and most Australians would have seen it, either on the internet or the news.
The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla. I felt real bad thought I'd give you a call I didn't look up your number just looked up on the wall You know your best friend said you're gone for the night Gone downtown with your jeans on tight I really hope that you are satisfied I just came back to say goodbye. Now when I first saw you I heard the angels sing I thought I'd never believe in that love thang I was blinded by the light and I just can't see Hiding up in your apple tree I really hope that you are satisfied I just came back to say goodbye It's not fair judging Jesus' black book I open it up to get a second look I have to say second look I saw my best friend's name on the page Five gold stars beside his name I really hope that you are satisfied I just came back to say goodbye Just came back to say goodbye I just came back I just came back to say goodbye I just came back I felt real bad thought I'd give you a call I didn't look up your number just looked up on the wall You know your best friend said you're gone for the night Gone downtown with your jeans on tight I really hope that you are satisfied I just came back to say goodbye Just came back to say goodbye I just came back Just came back to say goodbye I just came back.
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