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A Descant For Gossips (past edition)

Author: Thea Astley

In this classic story of small-town life, two schoolteachers are drawn to each other by their concern for a lonely young schoolgirl.

But rumour and malice mount against the three, sweeping them into isolation and, ultimately, disaster.

As long as Vinny Lalor could remember she had been on the fringe of things. Family and school both found her their least important member. They circled giddily without needing her. She was afraid, as she clung to the spinning edges of her world, that one day she would be flung unwanted and violently into space.

Even the new season did not burst over her in a greenflurry. Buds flocked along the adolescent trees, but she came, after her fourteenth winter, unmoved by the spring into the first week of the last term.
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