Review: Dissection by Jacinta Halloran

Jacinta Halloran, a Melbourne GP, writes about Doctor Anna McBride with an authoritative voice. Life as a GP is usually considered pretty cushy, but this story allows one into the life of a busy mother, wife and doctor. When a delayed diagnosis brings about a lawsuit for medical negligence, Anna starts to doubt herself. Life becomes chaotic and she’s unable to fulfill the wishes of all of those depending on her. Her architect husband looks further afield as she’s unable to satisfy his needs.

This book is set in Melbourne, Australia, capturing city life in its complexity. It will resonate with anyone who has tried to juggle a job, home and family. I listened to the audio book, read beautifully by Jane Nolan, a well- known Australian actress.

Dissection was shortlisted for the 2007 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards- Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her next novel was published in August 2012, and is called, Pilgrimage. I shall be looking for it next time I go to the library.

 

 

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