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The Art of Persuasion

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The Art of Persuasion

Author: Susan Midalia

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Published: April 2018

Hazel is twenty five years old, unemployed, and has made ‘an ethical decision not to reproduce.’ Ethics are important to Hazel; she was raised by card-carrying leftist parents and door knocks for the Greens in Perth’s leafy Western suburbs. She also wishes the kind, dishy, and much older Adam would return her affections. Hazel’s best friend and flatmate, Beth, has found another girl she’d rather hang out with, and Hazel’s pedantry and love of Jane Austen cannot sustain her forever. In this smart, funny novel, Susan Midalia engages the reader with warmth and wit while never losing sight of the uncomfortable truths that haunt us as Western Australians. She writes about complicity and complacency, isolation and attachment, privilege and poverty, challenging us to consider what it means to live in our world as we do.

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