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Jacinta Halloran


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Doctor Anna McBride's life is starting to unravel. The mother of two boys and a dedicated GP, she is being sued for medical negligence -- a case of delayed diagnosis. Anna's day-to-day work becomes increasingly difficult as she starts to scrutinise her every action and question her worth. Deeply ashamed of her mistake, she retreats into family life, only to find that her husband seems preoccupied with a younger colleague. As the date for mediation draws closer and the lawyers' demands become ever more pressing, Anna also vaguely senses someone else's cries for attention -- someone who wishes her harm.

Dissection is an original and confronting portrayal of a woman facing personal and professional crises. It examines an extended moment of inner turmoil, after which nothing will ever be the same again.

Praise For Dissection

"Dissection is a perfectly judged and beautifully written account—a pensive and probing character study, a portrait of quiet despair and stoicism."  —Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

"A bracing and beautiful novel—I recommend it as an unputdownable and richly rewarding read, an extended ethical work-out of the classiest kind."  —Helen Garner, author, The Spare Room

Scribe Us, 9781921372124, 233pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2008

About the Author

Jacinta Halloran is a general practitioner and a writer who has published short stories and written a regular column for the Sunday Age on medical ethics.