The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
I loved this dark comedy. I don’t know how I missed it for so long.
Tilly returns to her small Australian home town 20 years after she was banished. A town full of characters, many with dark ulterior motives, full of jealousy, secrets and lies.
The town isn’t ready to accept Tilly back and her mother has become a recluse in a run down, unkept house. While Tilly was away she became a seamstress and although the residents resent Tilly’s return they can’t resist her custom made dresses.
Tilly is romanced by the town’s football hero. Circumstances change and once again she is shunned, but Tilly has plans of her own.
Great character development gives life to the unusual residents, not many who you will sympathise with. Superior ending will leave you satisfied.
I just watched the movie. If I hadn’t read the book I would have liked it more. Too many people, bits and scenes got left out to fit it on the big screen.