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BOOK REVIEW: HER FIDELITY by Katharine Pollock

| 18 April 2023 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: HER FIDELITY by Katharine Pollock
Penguin Random House
August 2022
Paperback – rrp AUD$32.99
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
80%

Katherine Pollock has based her debut novel on her own experiences working in independent record stores in Brisbane and Sydney for years. A female record store employee was once as unusual as a male bra salesman, and Katherine channels much experiential angst and anger into her lead character Kathy, who has to decide if she will stand up to the constant sexism, harassment, misogyny and mansplaining of not only her customers and colleagues, but of her boss, Dusty, as well.

Kathy is 29, so a little late in life to have a ‘coming of age’ moment, but just like her vision of a record shop which doesn’t discriminate by genre (the complete opposite to Dusty’s – and to that detailed in Nick Hornby’s classic novel Hi Fidelity, which Pollock’s title is an obvious play on), we must accept that some people find their place and bloom later in life than others. When she does draw her immutable line in the sand, her vision manifests a powerful clarity, and if that isn’t a wonderful life lesson to share, nothing is.

Pollock’s novel reads more like a biography than completely a work of fiction, and is an important window into the negative side of being a woman in the music business – and that includes the business of being an avid music fan, often seen predominantly as a man’s thing.

Writing with wit and comedic flair – unsurprising since she seems to have lived her story pretty closely – Pollock has imbued Her Fidelity with an easy style which is as undeniably authentic as the sexism therein is repugnant.

 

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