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Salvation Jane (Book) - 8/8/2013 2:24:34 PM
4.0 out of 5 stars A political thriller with a touch of humour August 8, 2013 By Shoma Mittra Format:Paperback Jane Patterson is a plucky Australian girl who leaves her job in Sydney to move to Perth, and away from a broken heart. Expecting to inherit a hotel and remake herself into an heiress la Paris Hilton, she receives a shock when she actually makes it to Patterson's - the "hotel" her uncle left her. The place is actually a homeless refuge of sorts. Reeling from the drop in expectations Jane tries to appear undaunted and, fair credit to her, rolls up her sleeves and gets on with the job. Or so it seems. While the staff begin to respect her hard working attitude, Jane has other plans - to transform Patterson's clientele from the homeless poor to backpackers who will bring in the money. But in trying to do so, Jane runs into ambitious and attractive politician Leonard Hardie. And Hardie means to drive the homeless out of the city and criminalise them. Although sparks fly between them, Jane starts to increasingly feel sympathy and a responsibility for the homeless men she has been trying to secretly evict. If you want a book that reads as smoothly and humorously as chick-lit but has a packed political message, this is for you. Ann Massey's writing is refreshingly honest and surprisingly funny, for all that it deals with a sombre political issue. A novel full of quirky facts about Perth and Australia, Salvation Jane tackles the issue of homelessness and the middle class response to it with an energy and acuteness that is invigorating.

Salvation Jane (Book) - 7/1/2013 5:09:45 PM
On the surface, Salvation Jane could come across as "chick lit." Poke a little deeper and you find a serious commentary on current social conditions in Perth, Australia. Our heroine, Jane, inherits a hotel from her uncle. Excited at the prospect of instant wealth she arrives to find a derelict building serving as a shelter for homeless men. Hours spent laundering the sheets and towels does nothing to improve her mood so she decides to convert the shelter into a hostel for back-packing tourists. One thing leads to another and Jane finds herself involved in politics--naively playing with the big boys--using the street people as leverage. For this Canadian reader, Salvation Jane was an education in the economic conditions of the area, in the plight of the poor, in the culture and language of Australia. Well written and intriguing. You keep turning the pages to see what Jane will do next--sometimes biting your nails as she gets herself into one scrap after another. There are love interests too, not always the best for Jane, but she perseveres. The ending is satisfying and fitting for the story.

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