Read about Miriam’s lifetime of memories in AJN, August 12, 2013
A selection of short stories, articles and poetry written by the author over a period of 30 years, many previously published in newspapers, magazines, and journals, and are here collected in book form for the first time. The stories examine the relationships between often-predatory men and the women they lovelessly and manipulatively use.
In one story, a woman sleeps with boorish husband of her best friend. In others, the narrator’s friend dies of cancer and the husband falls apart, then reassembles himself most cheerfully around a much younger replacement; a girl’s German lesson turns into loveless sex; and a grandfather molests his own granddaughter. The poems treat similar themes, with grace and a clinical eye. The non-fiction pieces include a wry if slightly overwrought examination of being a student of French in Nice; evocation of life in Carlton before World War II; and evocation of life in Caulfield around World War II.
Miriam Kuna, teacher, importer and retailer of high fashion, has also written many stories and poems over the years. She was the founder and proprietor of the Melbourne School of Fashion, and is the author of Australian Fashion: Starting your own boutique. Apart from receiving graduate and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne, she has studied at the Sorbonne, Paris and the University of Nice.