Family Skeleton

AUTHOR: Carmel Bird
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2016
FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 250 pages
SIZE: 234 (h) x 153 (w) mm
ISBN: 9781742588902
RIGHTS: World rights
CATEGORY: Carmel Bird, Fiction, New Releases,


Carmel Bird

Published: September 2016

From inside her Toorak mansion, Margaret, matriarch, widow of Edmund Rice O’Day of O’Day Funerals, secretly surveys her family in the garden. Everyone, including Margaret herself, is oblivious to the secrets that threaten to be uncovered by a visiting American relative who is determined to excavate the O’Day’s family history. How far will Margaret go in order to bury the truth? 

Family Skeleton examines a family that has for generations been engaged in dark business. You can’t dig a grave without disturbing the smooth surface of the ground.

Deftly woven with elegant wit and with compassion, this dark comedy is about what you might unearth if you dig deep enough.



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Praise for Family Skeleton:

A rich, delicious, suspenseful, witty, sinister, joyous confabulation.



All the elements one expects in a Bird novel are there – a critical, unorthodox yet deep spirituality; an excavation of the institutions of patriarchy; a turbulent story with funny and outrageous characters.



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