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The Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O’Rielly

The Fine Color of RustThe Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O’Rielly


  • ISBN-13: 9781451678161
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: Netgalley


Set in the Australian bush, a wryly funny, beautifully observed novel about friendship, motherhood, love, and the importance of fighting for things that matter.

Loretta Boskovic never dreamed she would end up a single mother with two kids in a dusty Australian country town. She never imagined she’d have to campaign to save the local primary school. She certainly had no idea her best friend would turn out to be the crusty old junk man. All in all, she’s starting to wonder if she took a wrong turn somewhere. If only she could drop the kids at the orphanage and start over . . . But now, thanks to her protest letters, the education minister is coming to Gunapan, and she has to convince him to change his mind about the school closure. And as if facing down the government isn’t enough, it soon becomes clear that the school isn’t the only local spot in trouble. In the drought-stricken bushland on the outskirts of town, a luxury resort development is about to siphon off a newly discovered springwater supply. No one seems to know anything, no one seems to care.

My Thoughts:

While I liked the premise of this book about Loretta Boskovic, a single mother, who take a stand to keep the school her kids attend in operation and to fight for the water in her town, I had a really hard time with actually reading this story.  For me, this story moved a long very slowly and did not seem to have any momentum.  I also had a difficult time adjusting to the language, there were many times that I just did not understand what was being referred to.  I think that all of this together made it very difficult for me to relate to and connect with the main character, Loretta, and even harder for the subcharacters.  A lot of great things happened in the story and it had a great message but this story was just not for me.  

My Rating:

3 Penguins