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As the Lonely Fly
Sara Dowse - Thu 13 Jul 2017

For Pity Sake Publishing and Paperchain Bookstore invite you to hear Sara Dowse speak about her new book As the Lonely Fly

Thursday July 13
5.45 for 6.00pm

Telephone 6295 6723 or

Three Russian-Jewish women take three very different paths after the fall of the tsar. Clara, the revolutionary, becomes Chava in Palestine where she joins the legendary G’dud Ha’Avodah, the socialist Labour Battalion. Her younger sister Manya heads for America, changing her name to Marion in a bid to fulfil her dream of being an actor. Their niece, Zipporah, a committed Zionist, hides from the Soviet secret police until she convinces Clara to help her get to Palestine.
As the Lonely Fly is an epic story of persecution, migration and dispersal during tumultuous events of the 20th Century, which shines a light on the intertwined fates of Jews and Palestinians – a scenario with deep contemporary resonance. An urgent and moving novel from one of this country’s most gifted story-tellers.

Sara Dowse is a Sydney-based, American-born artist and writer whose previous works include West Block, Sapphires and Schemetime. As the Lonely Fly was 25 years in the writing and is Dowse’s most important work to date.
She lived in Canberra in the 1970s and 80s and worked as a journalist, publisher's field editor and tutor at the Canberra College of Advanced Education. She was a member of the Women's Liberation Movement and the Women's Electoral Lobby-ACT, and became the inaugural head of the Women's Affairs Section of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (now the Office of the Status of Women) for the Whitlam government. At the time of her appointment, she was dubbed 'Supergirl' by the press.
After a publicised resignation from the public service, she worked as a teacher at The Australian National University, a reviewer for newspapers and journals, and became a writer of novels and short stories. She has also been an interviewer for the National Library of Australia's Oral History Program. Her first novel, West Block, based on her experiences in the Prime Minister's department, was published in 1983.

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