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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
WOMEN IN BLACK MADELINE ST. JOHN This story follows the lives of four women working in a high class department store in Sydney in the 1960s during the busy Christmas rush. Patty and Fay work in the Ladies Cocktail Frocks section of the store, while the gorgeous and exotic Magda works next door in Model Gowns. They are joined by temporary staff member, Lesley, a young girl who has just finished high school and is waiting anxiously to see if her results will be high enough for her to earn a scholarship to university. This book captures the social structure of 1960s Australia perfectly and is a fascinating character study of a time and place in Australian history. 'this book captures the social structure of 1960s Australia perfectly'