By Sharon Kernot
Damien, Edith, Kenneth and Mary are citizens of a unmarried highway whose lives are usual to the final measure and as such surround habit and family violence, quiet achievements and small acts of kindness and treachery. Jack and Mary, locked at uncomfortably shut quarters on Jack's retirement, chafe and sulk and agonize. Edith unearths solace in her lonely existence enjoying the pokies. younger Damien, scared of his stepfather Marcus and the college bully, broods on revenge. And Kenneth, unhinged, wanders the streets. Lives intertwine and judgements are made. And the stress grows to its shattering climax. "'Underground Road' is a sharply political novel, highlighting uncomfortable yet important questions on justice, equity and human rights - particularly the rights of kids to stay correctly and be taken care of, to take pleasure in fulfilled and satisfied lives." - Francesca Rendle-Short
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Looking up she saw Gareth shaking his head angrily, and his left hand suddenly disarranged his perfectly tied cravat. "But you must eat, sweetheart ... You must keep up your strength ... And if you are good this morning, Mr. De Lakes will help you also with other things .... See what a kind and friendly man he is! He understands our problem, dear, also ... He has not been immune either ... " )) At that moment Sidney's spine froze for the youth let out a cry like that of a wild animal which feels a bullet graze its skull.
They left the room together. The perfume of the peonies had vanished, and all around them one could inhale now a kind of strong leather odor, as though the reins and the bridle and the saddle depicted in the film had been brought into the room and set down somewhere. Outside too one heard dogs barking vociferously. "He's a bit under the weather today, so that I thought we would not ask you to go upstairs, Sidney ... " He spoke to his own surprise in a kind of rude, loud, almost angry tone. "I didn't quite feel you should have to do what has to be done today.
You see he does need someone to unburden to ... And you are the one naturally he must go to . . Of course . " "But I feel, you see," he made a last attempt now to get her to understand his point and the meaning of his call, "that if he goes on working here, though he is happy, you say, in his post, it will only add to his feeling of ... " " ... " Mrs. Vaisey immediately poured him a cup of coffee on saying this and handed it to him. "To tell the truth, Mrs. " He was close to tears. "I don't suppose for a minute that Sidney thinks he will be in what you call his 'post' forever," Mrs.
Underground Road by Sharon Kernot