Rowena’s Field

Originally published by Rigby (1984)
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‘This book has the fascination of the unusual, the unexpected. Does it work? Yes. Brilliantly.’ – Marion Halligan, The Canberra Times

Finishing school is an intoxicating feeling; life is about to begin. Who will you be? How will you know? What will it take to find out? It’s 1970 and Rowena Sonner is confronting these three questions. For her, the answer is to escape—first, from her upper middle class family’s expectations; then from conservative Adelaide and Australia itself—and to live. To love, lose, and learn from it all.

Rowena’s Field captures the generational, class, and cultural tensions of the seventies while exploring timeless questions about how we become ourselves.