The Mint Lawn by Gillian Mears

Gillian Mears was born into a family of four girls and wrote about Grafton in her first novel. In this intensely sublime work of art ‘she writes like an angel’. Clementine has stayed in the small country town as her other ingenious and artistic sisters abandon her for the city, one by one. Her memories are filled with her creative mother who craved to make her mundane life more fulfilled. Clementine has chosen security over opportunity and her world is desolate. This is a raw account of the intense grief Clementine feels after losing her glamorous mother in a car accident. She chooses a relationship that suffocates her whilst also keeping her safe. The dis-empowerment she feels at 25 resonates deeply and her profound craving to fulfil her potential is intimately detailed.

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