Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg

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How do you make one of the toughest decisions in life when you're as lonely as a distant planet?

Callisto May knows a lot about planets. She could name all the moons of Jupiter, or tell you the dimensions of the Great Red Spot, but she doesn't know much about love. She's so used to pleasing other people that she has lost track of how to be herself. And now there's no one close enough to help: her boyfriend is way out of reach; her mother is distracted by 'sad ladies'; and her dad - well, his motto is 'be prepared', which is exactly what Cally wasn't. But in her struggle, Cally finds courage enough to fight through the fog of secrecy and silence that's suffocating her family.

Borrowed Light is an intensely honest, painful, funny book. Anna Fienberg writes with sensitivity and panache about the intricate relationships between family, friends and lovers.

'Fizzing with ideas, wit and passion.' - Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

'A wonderful book. It reminds me why writers write and readers read.' - Morris Gleitzman
 

About Anna Fienberg

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Anna Fienberg is the author of many well-loved and award-winning books, including picture books, short stories, junior novels and now fiction for teenagers and adults. Her writing is remarkable for its dazzling inventiveness, insight and humour. She lives in Sydney.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Allen & Unwin. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In lyrical prose Fienberg documents the inner contemplations of a shy Australian girl, Callisto, during her turbulent 16th year.

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Callisto, influenced by her astrophysicist grandmother, views humanity in terms of celestial bodies.

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Facing an unwanted pregnancy, a 16-year-old has to stop hiding in the shadows and rely on her own judgment.

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