Unflinching Yet Hopeful: Read an Extract from All That I Remember About Dean Cola by Tania Chandler

Unflinching Yet Hopeful: Read an Extract from All That I Remember About Dean Cola by Tania Chandler

All that I remember about Dean Cola.

The white sheet was soaked with blood.

I was embarrassed, horrified; I hadn’t been expecting it until next week. I tried to cover it with the blanket.

‘I don’t mind,’ you said, warm breeze ruffling your hair. ‘And it means you can’t get pregnant, right?’

I nodded against your chest; you had hair there. Above the rusty smell, I caught the scent of your skin: citrusy, fizzy — like Fruit Tingle lollies. Had you not been covered in my menstrual blood, I would have liked to have licked you all over to see if you tasted as good as you smelled. I was OK with human contact back then, and I slithered up your slippery body and made do with your mouth: milk, but not really — something lighter, sweeter.

Words from a childhood story fluttered to mind: sweet, fresh butterfly milk. You were Fruit Tingles and butterfly milk…

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      Publisher details

      All That I Remember About Dean Cola
      Author
      Tania Chandler
      Publisher
      Scribe
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      01 June, 2021

      Synopsis

      The boys from back home stand beside the bed, watching her bleed onto the white sheet. ‘He only said to scare her,’ one of them says. Sidney is happily married to her firefighter husband and thinking about having a child, but her life has been marred by psychotic breakdowns. Haunted by memories of Dean Cola — the teenage crush who is an essential piece of the puzzle that is her past — she returns to the town where she grew up. Something unthinkable happened there, but is she strong enough to face it? A compelling portrait of mental illness, memory, and the ways that the years when we ‘come of age’ can be twisted into trauma.
      Tania Chandler
      About the author

      Tania Chandler

      Tania Chandler is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. Her debut novel, Please Don’t Leave Me Here, was selected for State Library Victoria’s Summer Read program, and has been shortlisted for best debut novel for both the Davitt and Ned Kelly awards. Dead in the Water is her second novel, and is a sequel to Please Don’t Leave Me Here.

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