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Review byJen Hilder

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Set in Tasmania and Australia, Flanagan juxtaposes his story of climate chaos - fires, vanishing species, extinctions, and the apparent helplessness and insensitivity of humanity - with the tale of an elderly woman at the end of her life, but kept alive beyond her comfort and desire by the artifices of medical science.  With touches of magic realism, this is a book that remains in your mind long after reading it. 

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Richard Flanagan