It’s a still, hot summer in Perth, heat shimmering off the city’s glass buildings. Not much to do but surrender to the cool of Beatty Park’s swimming pool. The locals are out in force: teenagers flirting, even the rag-tag kids from the refuge.
But something is moving amid all the stillness--a hidden snake sliding through shadows. It’s moving through lives and connecting them with its sonar trembles: Auntie, in town with Jerome to find the kid’s runaway mum; Kevin, tired of his bus route, dealing with raucous kids and bottlenecks and a city that seems to be growing hostile; Karri and his other-worldly sister Bat Girl; Jackie and her sisters, sharing smokes by the pool.
In this exquisite, lyrical verse novel by acclaimed playwright Christine Evans, we are invited to witness the strange and invisible ways people are drawn together and pulled apart—and to venture to the catastrophic release that might ultimately return them home.
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Three generations of women come together in the rich and complicated personal tapestry of Can't Complain. Rita finds herself restlessly confined in a hospital for "a few tests," which her daughter has arranged. Rita begins to plot her escape with the help of her elderly Irish roommate Iris, her granddaughter Jansis, and her cat's new best friend, the Devil. Rita battles her present situation – until a riotous party night with Iris and the Devil collapses her escape plan and brings her face to face with her past.
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