Highly Original and Moving: Read an Extract from Meredith Jaffé’s The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison

Highly Original and Moving: Read an Extract from Meredith Jaffé’s The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison

When Sharon enters the room, Derek doesn’t know where to look. It’s been five years since his sentencing hearing, him standing in the dock, hands clasped to prevent the trembling.

He expects she’s changed since then – haven’t they all – though, looking at her now, it’s still easy to see that Sharon is his ex-wife’s sister. They don’t look the same exactly, but there’s something about the general heft of her that declares a shared gene pool.

The clusters of chairs and tables populating the visitors’ room slow Sharon’s progress. She gives the families, sweethearts and men in prison green a wide berth, as if being poor or a criminal is contagious. Even so, Derek admires her bravery, for that’s what the force of her walk says: ‘I am here.’

Here is where Sharon has never been, until now. Five years he’s served. Five years with only the rare visit from his lawyer. Last time was to advise Derek his final appeal had failed and he’ll serve every day of his seven-year sentence…

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        The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison
        Author
        Meredith Jaffé
        Publisher
        HarperCollins
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        05 May, 2021

        Synopsis

        Can a wedding dress save a bunch of hardened crims? The Full Monty meets Orange is the New Black in a poignantly comic story about a men's prison sewing circle. Derek's daughter Debbie is getting married. He's desperate to be there, but he's banged up in Yarrandarrah Correctional Centre for embezzling funds from the golf club, and, thanks to his ex-wife, Lorraine, he hasn't spoken to Debbie in years. He wants to make a grand gesture - to show her how much he loves her. But what? Inspiration strikes while he's embroidering a cushion at his weekly prison sewing circle - he'll make her a wedding dress. His fellow stitchers rally around and soon this motley gang of crims is immersed in a joyous whirl of silks, satins and covered buttons. But as time runs out and tensions rise both inside and outside the prison, the wedding dress project takes on greater significance. With lives at stake, Derek feels his chance to reconcile with Debbie is slipping through his fingers... A funny, dark and moving novel about finding humanity, friendship and redemption in unexpected places.
        Meredith Jaffé
        About the author

        Meredith Jaffé

        Meredith Jaffé is a writer and occasional book critic. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column 'The Bookshelf' for the online women's magazine The Hoopla; sharing literary news, reviewing books and interviewing writers. Meredith regularly chairs panels, presents workshops and interviews fellow authors for various literary events and writers' festivals.As a keen believer in the power of literacy, Meredith volunteers at The Footpath Library where she manages their annual EPIC! writing competition for school children. She is currently working on her next novel in between riding her horses and enjoying farm life with her family on the beautiful NSW south coast.

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