Written by Tracy Ryan


Cody is an intelligent but alienated high school drop out who doesn’t know where she fits.

Kylie is a pretty young wife whose great, though intermittent, sex life with her husband is threatened by her burgeoning religious beliefs.

And Carol is the lady in pink velour who becomes more and more distant from a family that doesn’t seem to care.

Into their lives comes the Reverend William King whose benign smile hides a controlling, paternalistic nature. Stronger than a father figure, closer than a disappointing husband, the Reverend William King looms disturbingly large in each of their lives.

Praise for the Book
‘Tracy Ryan has skilfully crafted a portrait of suburban Australian life. The character development is superb … This is a literary novel with appeal to a broad range of enquiring readers.’ – Bookseller+Publisher

ISBN 9781921361302 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Book Club Reads
Pages 368
Publication Year 2008
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Tracy ryan

    Tracy Ryan

    Tracy Ryan was born and grew up in Western Australia. She has worked at various jobs in libraries, bookselling, editing, community journalism and university teaching. She has a BA in English from Curtin University and a BA (Hons) in French from the University of New England in NSW. She is especially interested in foreign languages and the translation of poetry. Read more