What Will Be Worn by Melissa Fagan
For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan it is also the starting point for this remarkable exploration of her mother and grandmother’s lives, and a poignant reminder of the ways in which retail stores and fashion have connected women’s lives across decades. Behind the dusty shop counters of an Art Deco treasure, Fagan discovers both what has been lost and continues to shine. Ultimately this tender exploration of self and family, so exquisitely written, speaks of the ways in which life so often surprises us and of how the legacies of others can truly enrich our own relationships and lives.
AUTHOR: Melissa Fagan is an Australian writer and editor based in Coolangatta in Yugumbeh-Bundjalung country. She also teaches and lectures in creative writing courses at a number of universities. What Will Be Worn is her first book.