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Scissors, Paper, Stone

by Elizabeth Day

This novel examines what can happen when a father/daughter relationship breaks the boundaries of what is normal or acceptable. There were moments during the story that caused me to physically recoil; a disturbing subject handled with great sensitivity.

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She acted out the part of a dutiful daughter with surprising facility - it was easier to like her father when he was physically incapable of action or speech, she thought dryly - and a part of her knew that this is what her mother was doing too. They were both playing their roles as they usually did and there was an obscure sort of comfort in their mutual lack of closeness; the unspoken acknowledgement of what was really going on.

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