“Layla is only 14. She cruises online. She catches trains to meet strangers. Her mother, Margot, never suspects. Even when Layla brings a man into their home. Margot’s caught in her own web: an evangelical church and a charismatic pastor. Meanwhile, downtown, a man opens a suitcase and tenderly places his young lover inside. just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary culture. A Puberty Blues for the digital age, a Lolita with a webcam, it’s what happens when young girls are forced to grow up too fast. Or never get the chance to grow up at all.”
Talking about girls growing up too fast with Natasha Mitchell and Michael Cathcart on Radio National’s Life Matters and Arts + Books Daily.
Live-streamed via the Wheeler Centre talking Risky Fictions.
Donica Bettanin, former programming manager of the Wheeler Centre, named just_a_girl as one of her Best Reads of 2013, describing it as a book “which vividly took me back to being a young woman grappling for the first time with sexual power and vulnerability”.
It reached number four on the bestseller list at Gleebooks.
just_a_girl has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed in the mainstream press and online.
See all the reviews so far — including The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Newtown Review of Books, Lip Magazine, Birdee, Literary Minded and YEN.
FESTIVALS, INTERVIEWS & GUEST BLOGS
I’ve appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Katoomba, Clunes Booktown and Bendigo Writers’ Festival, given radio interviews and chatted with many wonderful bloggers.
If you’d like a taste, here is an introduction to my novel.The three characters’ narratives interweave throughout the book: 14-year-old Layla, her single mother Margot, and Tadashi, a shy man Layla meets briefly on the train.