Title: Last Chance Café
Author: Liz Byrski
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Australian Author
The Blurb: Margot detests shopping malls. Any distraction is welcome, and the woman who has chained herself to the escalator, shouting about the perils of consumerism, is certainly that. She recognises Dot immediately – from their campaigning days, and further back still, to when Margot married Laurence. Dot is in despair at the abandonment of the sisterhood, at the idea of pole dancing as empowerment and the sight of five-year-olds with false eyelashes and padded bras. She’s still a fierce campaigner, but she isn’t sure where to direct her rage. Meanwhile Margot holds a haunting resentment that her youthful ambitions have always been shelved to attend to the needs of others. And as the two women turn to the past for solutions for the future, Margot’s family is in crisis. Laurence travels in a bid to repress his grief, daughter Lexie loses her job after twenty years, and her younger sister Emma hides her pain with shopping binges. With aching empathy, Liz Byrski assembles a fallible cast of characters who are asking the questions we ask ourselves. What does it mean to grow older? Are we brave enough to free ourselves from the pressure to stay young? And is there ever a stage in life when we can just be ourselves?
My Thoughts: I have been a long time fan of Liz Byrski – many of her books I feel that she is speaking to me personally, LAST CHANCE CAFÉ was no different. The story is built around the reuniting of two friends who have not seen each other for a long time. Once they were fire-breathing activists – now they are in their seventies and wondering if this is as good as it is going to get – can their possibly be anything else to challenge them? They soon latch on to a very topical subject for their anger – the sexualisation of children. Gradually their friends and family are drawn into the tale, with each having their own back-story play an important part in the progression of the events. I do like the fact that her female characters have…well…character. They have flaws; passion; worries; anger and they learn and grow from their experiences.
Rating: A – Was Amazing – a real page turner and read in one sitting
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