Now available (released Wednesday August 26th)
NZ Writer Fleur Beale Being Magdalene Penguin Random House 2015 $19.99pb 316pp ISBN 978 1 7755 3767 Themes: Discovery of self/ Mental breakdowns/ Closed Religious Communities/ Sequels
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At the end of I am Rebecca Magdalene was only eight. Now four years have passed and Magdalene is the oldest daughter in the remaining family and life is starting to overwhelm her. We read with dismay as everything in the Pilgrim Family and in parts of the Community begins to disintegrate, as the despicable Elder Stephen slowly descends into madness and as the head of the family, Caleb Pilgrim continues to insist that everything in life must be done according to The Rule. Not for one moment does Fleur Beale let go of the tension that builds and builds until – but yes, there is a happy ending. This is a book that will be read and reread and many readers will want to go back to the beginnings of the story of this incredibly resilient family (to even the members of it we dislike the most) and start all over again with I am not Esther and I am Rebecca.
Year 8 up/ Age 12 up (and for adults)