Author: Meshel Laurie
Published: 2013 by Allen & Unwin
Read: January 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: Part of my Christmas Kindle gift voucher shop-a-thon, this was tailor made for a beach weekend away.
Categories: Non-fiction, memoir, Australian authors, humour
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers, Aussie Authors
Trivia Tidbit: Meshel is a member of the Advisory Board of SISHA (South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities)
Full Disclosure: Purchased
Despite the overall cheery tone of The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny, and the transformation Meshel speaks of with respect to embracing Buddhism, there is an undercurrent of disquiet in some of Meshel's recollections. Meshel relates anecdotes about frenemies growing up, dodgy flatmates at uni, friends who disappeared from her life and the disappointment of missed career opportunities with good humour, but there is a sense that this does actually bother her, despite her protestations. There is nothing wrong with this disquiet, and there is a great deal of wonderful in Meshel's life as well, but I think in writing this book she may have revealed a little more of herself than she intended. This is, of course, a gift to the reader.
The book ends on a hopeful note, with Meshel "allowing [her]self to just sit in it, rather than craving the next thing." The next fence-painting fortnights look promising, and I am interested to watch where destiny takes her.