Women in Australia are led to believe that we can have our cake and eat it too, i.e. that we can have the stella career and raise 2.5 perfect kids and run a household on the side. But does this myth undermine and undervalue the work of women who choose one or the other? If we don’t choose this exhausting juggling act, are we somehow failing? And if we choose to stay at home to raise a family, dedicate ourselves to our career, or try for both, what sacrifices does each choice demand?
Jaqueline Lunn’s The Unknown Woman is a novel of a woman in suburban crisis, weighing up sacrifices made and rewards reaped.