Things without a Name

Things Without a Name is a curious love story set in the chaotic universe of rape and domestic violence. Faith is a legal counselor at a women’s crisis centre.

Things Without a Name is a curious love-story set in the chaotic universe of rape and domestic violence. Faith is a legal counselor at a women’s crisis centre. She’s a hardened vegetarian, a rabid anti-smoker, who doesn’t kill spiders, and her best friend Carol, a social worker at the centre, is intermittently suicidal. Faith’s younger sister Libby is getting breast implants as an engagement present from her fiancé and wants Faith to be her maid of honour.

Having heard one too many stories, and lost one too many clients, Faith’s belief in her ability to make a difference, or to save her clients from their misery, is struggling, as is her trust in others. And just for good measure, it now appears that there is a particularly sadistic serial rapist in their midst. All Faith wants is to meet a normal bloke and have a normal relationship. But seriously, what are the chances of that? One night in the waiting room of a veterinary clinic will change everything. As her own history, frailties and vulnerabilities interact with the world around her, Faith finally begins to see what she has always needed to understand: that those who are looking to save others need to save themselves first.

About the Author
Joanne Fedler
was born in South Africa and has studied law in both South Africa and the USA. She has law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and from Yale which she attended on a Fulbright scholarship in 1993. She was a lecturer in law at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1994–1995. She now lives in Sydney, Australia.

Her first novel, The Dreamcloth, was published by Jacana Media in 2005. The Dreamcloth was nominated for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2006. Jennifer Crocker wrote that “The Dreamcloth marks a watershed moment in South African fiction.”

In 2006, her book Secret Mothers’ Business was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin. It has also been published in South Africa and the United Kingdom, with rights sold in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Croatia.

Fedler has made appearances at the Sydney Writers Festival, the Jewish Sydney Writers Festival, the Dymocks Literacy Foundation Great Debate, and the Gidget Foundation to raise money for post-natal depression. In 1996, she set up a legal advocacy centre to end violence against women of which she was the CEO until 1998.

Joanne was also one of the founding directors of Moonstone Media, which produces and publishes branded books designed to enhance organisation and business profiles in their markets. In 2006, Moonstone Media published A Pocketful of Sequins, a book of inspirational quotes by people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer for the three national breast cancer organisations in Australia to raise money for breast cancer research.

Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Joanne Fedler
ISBN: 9781770093447
Size (mm): 235x155mm
Pages: 352pp
format: Trade Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: South Africa
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008-01-01