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The Ivory Swing

Juliet yearns for the "ebb and flow of life lived avidly", for the pace and challenge of city living. The conflict between her love of husband and children and her own passionate need for expression is intensified by her move from small-town Canada to Southern India.

The stifling restrictions on Juliet's freedom are magnified in the plight of her young widowed neighbour. The beautiful Yashoda longs to embrace the Western values that would release her from the strictures of Indian tradition. But the ancient mores are powerful and enduring, and challenging them inevitably leads to tragedy.

The Ivory Swing won Canada's prestigious $50,000 Seal Award for Best First Novel, as well as great critical acclaim. 

"A disturbing meditation on the clash of cultures and the rebellion and feminine rage in each... A novel of unusual delicacy and power."
   — Washington Post Book World

"A truly magnificent literary achievement."
   — Booklist, USA

"The steamy, subtle, utterly impenetrable mysteries of India... a work both emotionally and stylistically deft."
   — Thomas Keneally


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Australia: Books & Collectibles |

Australia Hodder & Stoughton 1983
Sphere paperback 1984
University of Queensland Press paperback 1991, reprinted 2000, 2003
Canada McClelland & Stewart 1982
Seal paperback 1983

Hodder & Stoughton 1983
Sphere paperback 1984
Virago reissue 1992

USA New York: Dutton 1983
Bantam paperback 1984