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The Saving Francesca Girls for bloodgutsandchocolatekate

So I ring Justine Kalinsky and I say, “It’s Francesca Spinelli,” and she says, “Francesca, you’ve got to stop using last names. How are you doing?” and I say, “I feel like shit,” and I don’t know how it happens, but by eight o’clock that night I’m lying next to her on the couch with Siobhan and Tara and we’re eating junk food and watching a Keanu movie.

And I want to stay on that couch for the rest of my life.

4 weeks ago 93   originally from anabelsbrother   via petrichorandpie
I was teaching at a boys’ school and there’s no denying that the physical layout of St Sebastian’s was my workplace, including where it sat in the city of Sydney. The office where Frankie spends some of her time with her year co-coordinator was my office and some of the arguing between teachers and students was lifted from daily events.
Melina Marchetta on Saving Francesca [x] (via leaningonthesideofwonder)

The only culture I really wanted to explore [in The Piper’s Son] was the inner-west and inner city where I’ve mostly lived for the past fifteen years. The second generation in this novel, who are my age, come predominately from working class catholic backgrounds; they’ve ended up lapsed in their faith and have found themselves in the middle class, questioning who they are, and even arguing about the romantic idea of the working class.

I actually wanted this novel to be culturally non-specific. There was no way the Finch Mackees were going to be a stereotypical Irish catholic family. Both Tom’s friendship group and that of his father’s and Georgie’s are quite similar in their racial mix, and very much like my own family. Apart from a word here or there in a different language I didn’t chose to identify what their ethnic identity was. It’s obvious that Francesca Spinelli has an Italian background, and that Abe and Lucia’s kids are half Italian, half Lebanese, and that Ned the Cook is Anglo, and Mohsin the Ignorer is from Pakistan.

Melina Marchetta | Describe how your own family, and their experience as migrants, has influenced your writing, and shaped the story behind The Piper’s Son? [x] (via leaningonthesideofwonder)
I jokingly refer to Alibrandi, Francesca and Piper’s Son as my inner west trilogy, but apart from the three generation similarity to Alibrandi I mostly used Francesca as a guide to write The Piper’s Son and not just because the novels share characters. In Francesca I concentrated on a couple of months in her life and I had two major settings: school and her house. With Piper’s Son I concentrated on a couple of months in Tom’s life and set it two places: Georgie’s house and The Union pub.
Melina Marchetta | The Piper’s Son felt like an unofficial companion piece for Looking for Alibrandi as there are three generations of males coming to grips with what hadn’t been said but staying strong despite this. Is that a fair assumption? [x] (via leaningonthesideofwonder)

On The Jellicoe Road (film quote)


On The Jellicoe Road (film quote)

He remembers the times they’d walk toward him in the playground with that same look on their faces. ‘It’s the four horsewomen of the apocalypse,’ Jimmy Hailler would say. ‘They’re going to make us doing something we don’t want to do.’

'We're not going to give in,' Tom would say.

But they did. Always. ‘Think of the alternatives,’ Jimmy said. ‘They love us. Imagine if they hated us.’

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (via gorgons)
I’m a bit in denial about calling The Piper’s Son a sequel. Someone referred to it as a companion novel to Saving Francesca so I’m stealing that. The Piper’s Son is a companion novel. That means that Francesca doesn’t have to be read first. I love the fact that new readers are connecting with Tom and the girls so much that they want to go back and see what things were like when they first met at 17. I love the fact that teenagers read Francesca when they were 17 and now they will be reading The Piper’s Son at 21, the same age the characters are in both those novels. I especially love that older readers are relating to the Tom story as much as his aunt Georgie’s and that younger readers are enjoying Georgie’s story as much as Tom’s. In my experience, I’ve found that there is no truth in the fact that teenagers are not interested in reading about adults, especially adults whose lives are entwined with the next generation so I’d love to think this is a novel for all ages.
Melina Marchetta on The Piper’s Son [x] (via leaningonthesideofwonder)
From @yenmag's instagram:  “Be still our 16-year-old hearts. Our favourite teen novel is rereleased with a snazzy new cover. #nobrowncoverneeded #josephinealibrandi”

From @yenmag's instagram:  “Be still our 16-year-old hearts. Our favourite teen novel is rereleased with a snazzy new cover. #nobrowncoverneeded #josephinealibrandi”

No one spoke as Quintana bent before Florenza, gripping the girl’s face with one hand, studying it hard.
‘Our spirit is mightier than the filth of our memories, Florenza of Nebia. Remember that, or you’ll be vomiting for the rest of your life.’
Florenza stared up at Quintana and something passed between them as she nodded solemnly and wiped her mouth with the back of her hand.
‘And Tippideaux of Paladozza, the Provincaro De Lancey’s daughter, has the prettiest face in Charyn,’ she continued to inform them all. ‘Not you. So don’t believe a word your mother says.’

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