Author(s): Joan London
Maya de Jong, an eighteen-year-old country girl, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss, the enigmatic Maynard Flynn, whose wife is dying of cancer. When Maya's parents, Toni and Jacob, arrive to stay with her, they are told by her housemate that Maya has gone away and no one knows where she is. As Toni and Jacob wait and search for Maya in Melbourne, everything in their lives is brought into question. They recall the yearning and dreams, the betrayals and choices of their pasts - choices with unexpected and irrevocable consequences. With Maya's disappearance, the lives of all those close to her come into focus, to reveal the complexity of the ties that bind us to one another, to parents, children, siblings, friends and lovers.
Shortlisted for Barbara Jefferis Award 2009 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2009.
"Although you are tickled by the urge to know what happens in the end, this is a novel you read slowly, with steadily increasing pleasure and interest, getting to know the widely varied and vividly realized characters, savoring the experience of so thoroughly Inhabiting someone else's world and taking it away with you at the end." -- Katharine England
Joan London is the author of two prize-winning collections of stories, SISTER SHIPS, which won the AGE Book of the Year in 1986, and LETTER TO CONSTANTINE, which won the Steele Rudd Award in 1994 and the Premier's Award for Fiction. These collections were published in one volume by Picador as THE NEW DARK AGE. In 2001 her first novel, GILGAMESH, was published, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, as well as a host of other awards, and chosen as the AGE Book of the Year for Fiction in 2002. It was also longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Dublin Impac. THE GOOD PARENTS, Joan London's most recent novel, was published in April 2008 to acclaim. It has since reprinted three times was the winner of the 2009 Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary award and was shortlisted for the AGE Fiction Book of the Year . It will be published in the UK and US as well as Europe in 2009.