Reviews for The Fence
27 August 2016
When Building Fences Ends Up Burning Bridges Blanche Clark
Life in the ’burbs is not all lawnmowing and barbecues. Like Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, Australian debut author Meredith Jaffe’s novel homes in on a hot-button issue that divides the characters, in this case a fence rather than a slap. Read review...
27 August 2016
Don't Fence Me In - Belinda Seeney
31 August 2016
Botanically speaking, Jaffe is of the same popular species as Liane Moriarty: let's call it by its Latin name: Hortus Nastyus Domesticus. A deceptive native shrub with dangerous spines concealed beneath showy blooms. Read review...
3 August 2016
Review - Thuy On
2 September 2016
It’s this clash of generations, differing ideals, and a cast of interesting and eccentric characters that makes The Fence a page-turner. Read review...
Chick Lit Club
This suburban satire is a very promising debut. The dirty tactics employed by these feuding neighbours raises plenty of smiles and the relationship troubles faced by both Gwen and Frankie ensure the book has plenty of heart too. Read review...
Beauty & Lace
17 September 2016
I really enjoyed this book once I got involved, and I was so entranced by the goings on that I had to find out what would be next. Read review...
Book Muster Down Under
19 September 2016
Meredith Jaffé has written an absorbing, entertaining and utterly believable story that brims with the assurance of an important new voice in contemporary fiction and I can’t wait to see where she takes us to next. Highly recommended and one for the Book Clubs! Read review...
But Books Are Better
7 September 2016
A wonderful novel, and a full 5 stars from me. Loved it – very much recommended, especially for readers who enjoy a good Aussie drama, such as Liane Moriarty’s writing. Read review...
15 October 2016
The Fence is an accomplished, self-contained story by a debut author with evident skill in writing realistic characters, place and dialogue. Jaffe has an ear and eye for each of these aspects, and none of the
narrative’s turns feel forced or implausible. Read review...
The Australian Women's Weekly
December Edition 2016
With her eye for satire, Jaffé does for neighbourly disputes what Liane Moriarty did for schoolyard scandals in Big Little Lies. The Fence is guaranteed to resonate. Read review...