Lola in the Mirror by Trent Dalton – Our Review


Our Review…

The storm clouds are rising over the Brisbane when we meet the 17 -year-old girl with no name on the lam – on the run, with her mother Erica, living a dangerous twilight life in a scrapyard by the river.

Houseless but not homeless, she is surrounded by a kaleidoscope of friends who adore her…Esther in the hole and Charlie Mould to name just a few.

This girl has a dream, and the bucketloads of talent to back it up – to be a famous artist of international acclaim worthy of exhibition in the Metropolitan Gallery of Art in New York. Each chapter opens with a piece of her artwork pre-empting what may be revealed, setting up the pathos for the novel.

This is no cosy novel, it is raw and honest and hits with a frequently brutal punch. These are the mean streets of Australia and if you have no identity, no power and are homeless, you are prey to the ‘monsters’ who hound the weak. Undoubtedly his most powerful novel yet, Trent Dalton, with his fine eye for character and detail draws a very real portrayal of what it is to be homeless, marginalised or tossed aside by society in Australia today.

Finally, while Lola in the Mirror possesses very dark underbelly, it is also a big beautiful trademark Trent Dalton love story, full of wonder, frequent goofball humour, great tenderness and ultimately shining hope.

A beautiful, very worthy read.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books