Author(s): Margaret Mathews
Bronwen is vulnerable. She consults psychotherapist Isabella Cavani. But who is Bella? In consultations at the well-heeled therapist's home, Bronwen wonders: is she the younger version of her mother who can listen as her own mother could not? Or is she the secret woman she desires? Certainly Bronwen (with an 'e') will reveal through their sessions the shapes of her life: her parents, teenage angst, her husband, the kind and gentle Richard, her children and their times. An expose of the fantasies and yearnings of a woman undergoing psychotherapy, the novel offers insight into the spirited but destructive Bronwen and her quest to overcome fears and obligations to an ageing, disturbed mother. Told through the lens of Bronwen's lusting for Bella, Margaret Mathews Room for Delusion oozes with life. Mathews is brilliant at capturing the panic involved in some of our everyday acts. You will ache for the ending.
Margaret Mathews is a graduate of Box Hill Institute's Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) course receiving Academic and Highest Achievement awards. She won the Gippsland Travel Writing competition in 2008 and was Commended in the FAW Mornington Peninsula 2008 Short Story Competition. She has been published in The Age, Good Weekend, Traveller, The Sunday Age (letters and competitions) and several small literary magazines. Margaret has three adult daughters and lives in Melbourne. Room for Delusion is her first book. She is currently writing a sequel-Hotel Del Monte.