Author(s): Moira Burke
In the 1980s in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner, Josie's father is drinking himself to an ugly and appalling death. Josie's mother is a factory machinist, bringing home piecework to keep the family afloat.
And Josie is surviving, or not-self-destructive sex, excessive alcohol, drugs, brutalised friendships.
But her internal monologue-intense, immediate and raw-reveals a heartbreaking portrait of an intelligent young woman desperately looking for a way to make sense of her life, grappling with her feelings of repulsion and love for her father and her longing to be loved.
First published in 1998,Losing Itis a vivid and visceral account of 1980s working-class Melbourne and a coming-of-age story that is both familiar and unique, shocking and intimate.
* Assured review coverage in major newspapers across Australia and New Zealand * Interviews with author on ABC radio and specialist podcasts * New piece by author to be placed with women's interest website e.g. Mamamia * Review coverage in literary publications such as Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow * Review coverage in specialist YA publications, e.g. Reading Time, and on YA blogs * Shared advertising in the Big Issue * Radio advertising on community radio stations in Melbourne such as Triple R * Targeted social media advertising campaign to readers including those in Melbourne's northern suburbs * Early reading copies available to the trade * Feature title in Text newsletters and website
Moira Burke is a Melbourne writer. Losing It is her first novel.