Vikki Wakefield talks about the process of writing her Young Adult novel, Friday Brown. wakefield. ‘They call me Friday. It has been foretold that. Friday Brown is the breathtaking second novel from the author of the award- winning All I Ever Wanted. Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book, Friday Brown [Vikki Wakefield] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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The writing was magnificent. Part One — The City, is set in the underbelly of an unnamed but distinctly Australian major city where homeless children are invisible and Part Two — Dust, takes place in Murungal Creek, a crumbling ghost town on the edges of the red heart of Australia. I also appreciated the change in her confidence once she leaves the city and ends up in the outback, seeing her come into her own and fight her fears was a very moving scene.
But at some point after the first draft was written, I abandoned reason and ran on instinct, which is an interesting parallel between my writing process and the character, Friday Brown.
Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield – – Allen & Unwin – Australia
I loved this little book, and can’t believe how few people have read it. Arden, a woman not much older than Friday herself, is the slightly insane, but recklessly brave, mother of a group of children much like Friday herself – children with no place to belong. But then Vivienne dies. She’s dropped out of school.
Life beown Arden’s gang starts to unravel, and the anger, lies and deceit that have been hidden for so long start to float to the surface. I honestly cannot explain how much I love this novel.
Frankly, I think it shouldn’t matter to the readers what sexual orientation Friday has since it’s not important for the story. It’s honest and ugly and emotionally conflicting, told in an achingly beautiful way. The second parts unravels each character and shows their true nature and growth, or how some of the characters have come to disintegrate as a human, and the transformation of all the characters can evidently be displayed by the change of setting in the book, from the city in part 1 to a ghostown in the outback in part 2.
With the dual settings of this novel – the city and an abandoned suburban town in the wilderness – comes a dual relationship with nearly every aspect of this tale, whether it be the nurturing motherhood of Arden versus that of Vivienne or the difficulties of city-life versus the harsh brutality of nature.
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A book and a girl worthy of revisitin Friday Brown, the book, is hard to read. It’s not a ‘oooh, i have such browh book crush’ kind of love, because I don’t have a book crush.
Once you’re find your spot I was dragged along to Hanging Rock as a kid. They call me Friday.
A mother who has told her stories about a curse that’s been in her family for generations. Moreover, in addition to this unique blend of self-discovery, longing, and friendship comes a tale of debilitating grief, responsibility, and courage. Friday Brown feels like an astonishingly real tale, one that exposes the hidden truths of children who belong nowhere, who matter to no one, and wakedield can disappear so easily. Her mother is gone and her world has been turned upside down.
I wish Vikki Wakefield had five other novels published, so I could get my heart broken by these amazing characters and beautiful writing. It is dirty and unapologetic, and made me uncomfortable many times. Is it some magical combination of experiences, memories and family?
Every time they came across a river her mother would strip off and dive straight in. Next time, I’ll open my heart and allow wakefueld to wakegield changed wakegield this book too. But then, teens are teens and do weird things. Vikki Wakefield on Friday Brown 4 Sep It doesn’t sit well with Friday nor most of the others in the crew, but it is Friday who challenges her.
The curse after being exquisitely limned out in the prologue, is revisited only after pages by which I’d nearly forgotten. She befriends Silence, a strange boy with a troubled past.
Friday Brown is emotionally lost. Friday’s journey and portrayal are painfully honest and once again, Wakefield’s characters are so vividly drawn their strength reverberates off the page.
Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
The wakefeild story builds to a moment of definition for Friday, a power struggle not just between characters but also within herself, a moment of choice with irrevocable consequences. But blinded by sorrow, Friday admires Arden as a hero for her formidable strength. View all 5 comments. It is, rather, a novel that is felt, clearly as a punch through the gut with grief, softly as the blowing wind with hope, and harshly as a stab with reality.
And the duality of human nature—is there good and bad in all of us and is wakefiele a seminal point where we have to choose a side? And she abuses it. I buried my mother.
I finished this hours ago and I still, every time I let myself stop and the thoughts creep in, I can not stop the crying. Wakefield’s prose is as beautiful as ever with an exquisite tension thrumming throughout.
A book and a girl worthy of revisiting.