Short Lives is a simple tale of a simple time: the sixties and seventies in Australia. A novella written in a series of vignettes, It is the story of a child’s life—the drama, adventure, small things and big that make a child’s life so unique.
But it is told through the voice of the child now grown: a 39 year old woman who learns she has only a few months left to live. As she revisits her life and how it brought her to this point, she captures the essence of the quintessential Aussie child: suburban, sunburned, big cars and family outings, backyard cricket, death, pets, and daredevil childhood stunts. As only an Aussie could tell it. As only a dying Aussie could deliver it: “This was my life, and it’s ordinariness is the reality. I am nobody, but I’m dying, and this is what it looks like.” It's the story of life and death; an exploration of memories, their impact, their meaning, and how they culminate in who we are at the end of it all.
This book will change the way you look at life—and death.