Review: Underground Road by Sharon Kernot

Title: Underground Road

Author: Sharon Kernot

Published: Wakefield Press July 2013

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Status: Read from September 14 to 15, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

A thought-provoking commentary on the social climate of contemporary Australia, Underground Road exposes lives of quiet desperation lived on a single suburban street.

Told in three parts from a omniscient third person perspective we are introduced to four residents of a working class suburb. The recently widowed Edith who spends lonely hours in front of the pokies at the club, mentally ill Kenneth who roams the neighborhood looking for the secrets letterboxes have to tell, twelve year old Damien who lives with his siblings, his mother and her temperamental de facto, and sixty three year old Mary, forced by Centerlink to search for work now that her husband has retired.

Their stories unfold slowly, revealing the unsettling truth of these character’s lives behind closed doors. As realistic representatives of the social challenges in Australia today, Kernot’s characters draw attention to issues such as gambling addiction, domestic violence, bullying and mental health care.

Underground Road is a moving, poignant and honest novel to challenge your social conscience.


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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 16:47:46

    Certainly thought provoking.



  2. Melinda
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 17:15:56

    Sounds interesting!



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