A child is imprisoned in a house by her reclusive religious parents. Hester has never seen the outside world; her companions are Cat, Spoon, Door, Handle, Broom, and they all speak to her. Her imagination is informed by one book, an illustrated child's bible, and its imagery forms the sole basis for her capacity to make poetic connection. One day Hester takes a brave, Alice-in-Wonderland trip into the forbidden outside (at the behest of Handle - 'turn me turn me'), and this overwhelming encounter with light and sky and sunshine is a marvel to her. From this moment on, Hester learns the concept of the secret, and not telling, and the world becomes something that fills her with feeling as if she is a vessel, empty and bottomless for need of it. The story told by Hester in One Foot Wrong is often dark and terrible, but the sheer blazing brilliance of her language and the imagery that illuminates the pages make this novel an exhilarating, enlightening and joyous act of faith. The stars shine brightest out of the deepest dark.
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(198mm x 128mm x 21mm)
Allen & Unwin
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Book Review: One Foot Wrong by Sofie Laguna - Reviewed by Boomert (09 Jan 2010)
This text is a disturbing read. Introducing themes such as child abuse, incest, alienation, mental illness, bullying and extremist religious behaviour, it is not an easy book to digest; however for the sophisticated reader it is a book that intrigues and affects every essence of your humanity. Hester has been kept imprisoned in her home by her reclusive religious parents. Her companions are Cat, Spoon, Broom and Handle and they engage Hester in conversations. Suddenly thrust into the outside world, Hester is at once the object of ridicule and derision. This is not a book that can be easily put down, as the reader is filled with the fear of what is going to happen next conjoined with a desire not to loose the thread of the plot, which at times can be baffling. This is a dark and terrible tale told in lyrical, poetic language and stark imagery. It is coloured with religious references adding a further layer of desolation and denseness to the text. You can only hope that the reading of this book may promote wider discussion of child abuse. The saddest aspect of this type of fiction is that for some children, there are threads of truth to be found within the story.
Author Biography - Sofie Laguna
Sofie Laguna has previously written for children and young adults ( Bird and Sugar Boy , My Yellow Blankie , Too Loud Lily and Bad Buster ). She is also an actor. One Foot Wrong is her first adult novel. She lives in Melbourne.