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THE BUILD-UP SEASON

Megan Jacobson

  • Original Title: THE BUILD-UP SEASON
  • Publication date: July 2017
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP
  • Country: AU
  • 272 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: Australia
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Resilience, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

17-year-old Iliad Piper is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, someone who's as complicated as she is.

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Winner of a 2018 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for children’s literature.

Megan Jacobson is an Australian writer. She works in TV news production at the ABC. She has a degree in journalism and has worked as a question writer for TV game shows and as an in-house script story-liner and script editor for several Australian television dramas.

Her book YELLOW (2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Book.

Summary

"He’s back.
The monster.
It’s the middle of the night and I’m awake, because even though I’m seventeen I still haven’t outgrown the childhood monster that haunts you in the dark. I haven’t outgrown it, because when I was a child, the monster was real.
He was my father."

Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who's as complicated as she is.

An exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.

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  • Author’s biography

    Megan Jacobson is an Australian writer. She works in TV news production at the ABC. She has a degree in journalism and has worked as a question writer for TV game shows and as an in-house script story-liner and script editor for several Australian television dramas. Her short stories have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, aired on ABC radio, and appeared in the UTS Writers Anthology. Her book YELLOW (2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Book.