All the Seas of the World is an impressively multi-dimensional portrayal of a friendship between two women that survives despite long separations of time and distance. The smooth tones of accomplished English-born performer Wanda McCaddon perfectly capture the main characters as Australian schoolgirls, as well as the complicated women they become later in life. Author Gayla Reid creates nuanced, likeable characters whose trials in Vietnam, Argentina, and Canada serve as backdrops for psychological explorations and wry observations about the nature of life and love. This is an appealing testament to the power of female friendship, crafted in taut prose that lingers over sensual imagery.
This is the story of a lifelong friendship between two women that passionately lasts despite long separations and differences in time, geography, and lifestyle. Deirdre and Bernadette, who share a childhood and an Australian convent school education, each make different choices, landing them in places as diverse as Vietnam, England, and Argentina, but they remain alert and emotionally connected through their friendship.