Thirteen year-old Clemeza and her mother, Abel, celebrate Clemaza's birthday knowing that she is dying. That night, a woman bursts in from the storm, desperate to recover a diary that might have slipped into a bundle of second-hand books. Unsuccessful in her search, the woman disappears into the night.
Later, Abel discoves the diary and begins to read the story or Cornelia, a young girl growing up in 1950s Sydney. Cornelia's diary becomes one of the many stories of the novel - funny, sad and sweetly niave, it is a kind of fairy-tale for Clemenza and the reader, a fond remembrance of lost innocence. Woven around this is the strange story of Abel's unhappy marriage and escape, an unknown father, and the true identity of the woman who came to the door...
Original title: The Tempest of Clemenza
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction