The Fine Color of Rust

The Fine Color of Rust

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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Set in the Australian outback, a wryly funny, beautifully observed novel about friendship, motherhood, love, and the importance of fighting for things that matter.

Set in the Australian bush, a wryly funny, beautifully observed novel about friendship, motherhood, love, and the importance of fighting for things that matter.

Loretta Boskovic never dreamed she would end up a single mother with two kids in a dusty Australian country town. She never imagined she'd have to campaign to save the local primary school. She certainly had no idea her best friend would turn out to be the crusty old junk man. All in all, she's starting to wonder if she took a wrong turn somewhere. If only she could drop the kids at the orphanage and start over . . . But now, thanks to her protest letters, the education minister is coming to Gunapan, and she has to convince him to change his mind about the school closure. And as if facing down the government isn't enough, it soon becomes clear that the school isn't the only local spot in trouble. In the drought-stricken bushland on the outskirts of town, a luxury resort development is about to siphon off a newly discovered springwater supply. No one seems to know anything, no one seems to care.

With a dream lover on a Harley unlikely to appear to save the day, Loretta needs to stir the citizens of Gunapan to action. She may be short of money, influence, and a fully functioning car, but she has good friends. Together they can organize chocolate drives, supermarket sausage sizzles, a tour of the local slaughterhouse--whatever it takes to hold on to the scrap of world that is home. Warm, moving, and funny, The Fine Color of Rust is "a story about love: where we look for it, what we do with it, and how it shows up in the most unexpected packages" ( Big Issue , Australia).
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781451678161
1451678169
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 21 cm.

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ontherideau Feb 16, 2017

A fun story of rural life in Australia- no glitz or glamour

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muffinpopcorn
Dec 02, 2015

Just could not get into this story . Tried , but after a few chapters ( which is as far as I will give a book to grab my interest ) gave up on it . Too many other good books to read !

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jr3083
Dec 02, 2015

A humorous, affection look at small-country life. An engaging main character and a self-deprecating narration- just lovely.

Chapel_Hill_SusanM Nov 17, 2015

I want to sit down and have a beer with acerbic Loretta Boskovic, and I love that the crappy Australian outback town she lives in is not magically cozy. But it's hers, and she loves it, like she does her kids and her neighbors and her ex-husband. So funny, but also poignant and with an ending that made me sit up and cheer like a weirdo.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 26, 2014

Had good reviews on Goodreads. How many people can read small print? compared to an e-book where any vision can be adjusted.

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