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Maya de Jong, an eighteen-year-old country girl from the West, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss, the enigmatic Maynard Flynn, whose wife is dying of cancer. When Maya's parents, Toni and Jacob, arrive to stay with her, they are told by her house mate that Maya has gone away and no one knows where she is. As Toni and Jacob wait and search for Maya in Melbourne, everything in their lives is brought into question. They recall the yearning and dreams, the betrayals and choices of their pasts - choices with unexpected and irrevocable consequences. With Maya's disappearance, the lives of all those close to her come into focus, to reveal the complexity of the ties that bind us to one another, to parents, children, siblings, friends and lovers. Pacy and enthralling, The Good Parents is at once a vision of contemporary life and a story as old as fairy tales: that of a runaway girl.

About Joan London

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Joan London is the author of Gilgamesh, which won The Age Book of the Year Award, was short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, and long-listed for the Orange Prize, among many other honors.
Published January 1, 2012 by ATLANTIC BOOKS.
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The young Toni, to the horror of her resolutely bourgeois parents, became involved with a notorious racketeer, while Jacob, left by his dressmaker mother to bring himself up, sought comfort in the fraternity of a hippy commune.

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