Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Group Read - MULLUMBIMBY - Melissa Lucashenko / Alice Munro short stories

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare.

When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter Ellen, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours, and a looming Native Title war among the local Bundjalung families. When Jo stumbles into love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life.

Told with humour and a sharp satirical eye, Mullumbimby is a modern novel set against an ancient land.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is the title story of a book of short stories by Alice Munro, published by McClelland and Stewart in 2001.
In 2006, the story "The Bear Came over the Mountain" was adapted into a film, Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley and produced by Atom Egoyan.
In October 2012 it was announced that Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte will star in Hateship, Loveship a film adaptation of the title story to be directed by Liza Johnson.[1]


  • "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage"
  • "Floating Bridge"
  • "Family Furnishings"
  • "Comfort"
  • "Nettles"
  • "Post and Beam"
  • "What is Remembered"
  • "Queenie"
  • "The Bear Came Over the Mountain"
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For some time, I've felt we needed a spot to show our appreciation for a person's creative output.  This time for reflection generally follows an announcement of retirement, illness or death and so carries a sense of loss, maybe not personal loss, but at the very least, the knowledge that there will be no new work to look forward to. Rather than eulogising, shall we share the pleasure of particular books, music or performances?