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Infused with warmth and wry humour, The Seamstress is the tumultuous and memorable tale of two sisters, in a saga spanning five decades.
Sisters Eve and Willa arrive in Australia from Scotland in the 1950s, moving to Perth on the lookout for husbands. Both are talented seamstresses, who naively marry the first men they meet, and move into adjacent apartments. This close proximity leads to tensions where blood ties are tested to the limit.
As life moves on, Willa’s daughter Jo witnesses the slow decline of her mother into dementia and her aunt Eve’s severe depression. The dementia forces Jo’s relationship with her mother into a new and difficult place.
Longlisted – 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Shortlisted – 2007 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards
Praise for The Seamstress:
Writing with wit and intelligence, Wooller avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality and self-indulgence. As the book is dedicated to Wooller’s mother, I hazard that The Seamstress can also be read as a truly triumphant eulogy.THE AGE