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The dressmaker: A Novel

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The bestseller from the author of the upcoming new novel The Year of the Farmer. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING KATE WINSLET AND LIAM HEMSWORTHTilly Dunnage has come home to care for her mad old mother. She left the small Victorian town of Dungatar years before, and became an accomplished couturier in Paris. Now she earns her living making exquisite frocks for the people who drove her away when she was ten. Through the long Dungatar nights, she sits at her sewing machine, planning revenge.The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters. The major motion picture also stars Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, and extras from the author's hometown of Jerilderie.PRAISE FOR THE DRESSMAKER"[Rosalie Ham] is a true original. Blessed with an astringently unsentimental tone and a talent for creating memorably eccentric characters, Ham also possesses a confidently brisk and mischievous sense of plot. It's no wonder The Dressmaker, a tale of small-town couture and revenge, is being adapted for film." The Sydney Morning Herald"It's clear we're visiting a small 1950s town not of history but as imagined by Tim Burton: the gothic, polarized world of Edward Scissorhands... Ham has real gifts as a writer of surfaces and pictures, bringing Tilly's frocks to surprising, animated life." The New York Times Book Review"Ham's eye for the absurd, the comical, and the poignant are highly tuned. [The Dressmaker] is a first novel to be proud of, and definitely one to savor." The Weekend Australian"The book's true pleasures involve the way Rosalie Ham has small-town living down pat...she channels welcome shades of British novelist Angela Carter's sly, funny, and wickedly Gothic adornments...Blunt, raw and more than a little fantastical, the novel exposes both the dark and the shimmering lights in our human hearts." The Boston Globe"With the retribution of Carrie, the quirkiness of Edward Scissorhands, and the scandal of Desperate Housewives..." Booklist
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Grouping Titledressmaker
Grouping Authorrosalie ham
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-10-20 04:16:55AM
Last Indexed2020-10-20 04:43:25AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9781875989706

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display_description"A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture-- After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat--the town's only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics--and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly's mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion"--
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title_displayThe dressmaker
title_fullThe Dressmaker A Novel
The Dressmaker A Novel [eBook] Ham, Rosalie.
The dressmaker / Rosalie Ham
The dressmaker [large print] / Rosalie Ham
title_shortThe dressmaker
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Fashion designers
Historical Fiction
Large type books
Man-woman relationships