Touch me where I'm rusting

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ann-Marie Blanchard (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Michael Parker

Abstract: This excerpt from the novel Touch Me Where I'm Rusting explores Penelope Moore's immersion into an ugly, violent and at times profoundly beautiful remote Australian community of orchard workers. In the wake of a failing relationship, Penelope moves from inner-city Sydney to an isolated town where she intends on buying back her father's childhood orchard using the funds she hopes to procure from selling her home, which was left to her upon her grandmother's death. Upon arrival, she witnesses a stabbing, and later finds herself working at an orchard side-by-side two people who were involved: Amber, the woman who stabbed a man, and Angus, a man who witnessed the stabbing and may or may not have been involved. To Penny, crime is simple, a business of right and wrong, but as she works alongside Angus, she finds herself drawn to him. He quickly becomes an individual to her, not just a stand in for wrong, and she starts to question her morality as their relationship strengthens. What had seemed to be an easy out, moving to the country, becomes complex, as Penny finds herself entangled in a world that she both desires and wishes to repel.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2014
Murder $v Fiction
Ethics $v Fiction
Orchards $v Fiction
Australia $v Fiction

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