Hannah Bird has just arrived in Thailand. Disoriented and out of her depth, she meets Deven, a fierce and gutsy Australian expat who sweeps her into thrilling adventures rescuing elephants.
As they head deeper and deeper into the fraught world of elephant tourism, their lives become tangled in ways Hannah never imagined. But how far will they go to save a life?
Hannah is about to make a critical decision from which there will be no turning back, with shattering consequences.
The Breaking is an extraordinary debut. Sharply observed and richly vivid, it is an intensely moving story about the magnetic bond between two young women and the enduring cost of animal exploitation. It is at once devastating and exhilarating, and ultimately transformative.
'Evocative and urgent, The Breaking shows Gold's talent and heart.' — Kate Mildenhall, author of The Mother Fault
'Bold, passionate and fierce. A plea against powerlessness and indifference. I loved every minute.' — Karen Viggers, author of The Orchardist's Daughter
'A heart-stopping, unforgettable read. The Breaking will blow your mind.' — Angela Savage, author of Mother of Pearl
'Sensual and hyper-dangerous, Gold's take on human love and animal cruelty is a real tour de force.' — John Clanchy, author of In Whom We Trust
'Writer and editor Irma Gold’s debut novel has a propulsive energy and a visceral sense of place that’s informed by Gold’s own experience of working with rescued elephants in Thailand...The Breaking doesn’t shy away from the complexity of its themes, acknowledging the imperfection of love and the complicated ramifications of following your convictions all the way to the end. It’s an unusual book, tackling both the messiness of human desire and the flawed nature of our relationships with animals, and may appeal to readers who enjoy the work of writers like Laura Jean McKay, Jessie Tu and Laura McPhee-Browne.' — Carody Culver, Books+Publishing
The Pines, an outer Melbourne suburb down on its luck. A country in the grip of recession.
Experienced collector Ron senses new possibilities: swift evictions provide hard-rubbish to scour and garage-sales have doubled. There's only one problem: since losing his wife, Ron has struggled to navigate the suburbs alone. Plus, his deteriorating health slows him down.
This all changes through a chance meeting with Joseph, a troubled, withdrawn and unemployed 19-year old who knows nothing about antiques. As Joseph comes to understand and appreciate Ron's world of eccentric bargain hunters, and hopefulness, his ability to navigate a history of family violence and to see a future for himself grows. Both come to share the wild dream of finding a rare bargain such as an original Frederick McCubbin painting and making their fortune. So begins an exhilarating adventure and an unlikely and beautiful friendship.
Set against the background of the early 1990s, Chasing the McCubbin is funny and sad in equal measure. A story of loneliness and the ageless desire for belonging, it will be the most heartbreaking yet feel-good novel you will read this year.
'Truly fine writing with a great sense of characters and place, sympathetic and heartfelt without being sentimental, Scaunich pulls us into a fascinating world of low stakes and petty rivalries.' — Graeme Simsion
'Authentic, subtle, evocative and alive.' — Kate Ryan
Peggy and Greta are trying to get sober. They know almost nothing about the world: how to cook, how to shop, how to find a job. To fill time, they sort clothes at the Salvation Army shop, and attend daily AA meetings. They seem to have no identity of their own — or rather, they appear to have only one identity between the two of them. Then, without warning, one of them is gone, and the other is left alone, trying to find her place in the world. But is it Peggy or Greta who is left? Or is it someone else altogether?
Nothing to See is grounded in the details of everyday life, of sharehouses and workplaces, of substance abuse and sex, and of the emergence of new technologies that fill every facet of existence. Yet the women at its centre seem on the brink of disappearing altogether. Set in Auckland across three decades, Pip Adam's enigmatic, uncanny novel asks what it means to seek relief from shame and loneliness, to find care when the fabric of reality is ready to come apart.
'A total masterpiece. Gripping, weird, funny, close to the bone. An intense portrait of sobriety, a mystery, a sci-fi novel, an urgent book about living in our panoptical present.' — Dan Kois
'Wildly good…a fiery study in class and addiction and the boring exhausting grind of building a splintered life into something whole.' — Catherine Woulfe, The Spinoff
And Then is ranked as one of his most insightful and stirring novels. Daisuke, the protagonist, is a man in his twenties who is struggling with his personal purpose and identity as well as the changing social landscape of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the Twentieth Century, ancient customs give way to western ideals, and Daisuke works to resolve his feelings of disconnection and abandonment during this time of change. Thanks to his father's wealth, Daisuke has the luxury of having time to develop his philosophies and ruminate on their meaning while remaining intellectually aloof from traditional Japanese culture and the demands of growing industrialisation. Then Daisuke's life takes an unexpected turn when he is reunited with his college friend and his sickly wife. At first, Daisuke's stoicism allows him to act according to his intellect, but his intellectual fortress begins to show its vulnerabilities as his emotions start to hold greater sway over his inner life. Daisuke must now weigh his choices in a culture that has always operated on the razor's edge of societal obligation and personal freedom. Soseki Natsume is considered to be one of Japan's most beloved and respected authors.
'A Japanese writer of genius' — Japan Quarterly
'Field's elegant translation includes an informative afterword that puts this novel in context with Soseki's large body of work.' — Publishers Weekly
"David was contemplating the wreck of his home life and his career. He realised with sickening clarity exactly how much this meant. He was going to lose everything he had taken for granted for the last few years - friends and acquaintances, his parents and siblings, the routine of life at the depot, the house he and Mona had shared for the last five years, his marriage and his kids."
After being best friends from the age of nine, David and Alan had not seen each other for six years after Alan had left their home town in Yorkshire for a life in London. Then, one February day, they met up by accident when Alan got on the bus that David was driving. Having reconnected immediately, the true depth of their feelings became clear despite the fact that David was now married with two kids. After David started a new job driving an express service to London, the two twenty-five year olds began an affair - the course of which was the subject of the first book in this series, Veering off Course.
Setting a New Course opens with the aftermath of David facing a major crisis on one cataclysmic August night. It's a difficult time as he tries to come to terms with a new life in London with Alan, his feelings of guilt about his marriage and his fears for the future of his two sons, whom he misses terribly.
David is brought almost to his knees when the problems he is facing are compounded by the actions of a vengeful wife. Is his relationship with Alan strong enough to withstand the strain Of these events? Can he reach an agreement with his wife about the future of the kids? And is his father willing to heal the breach that has developed between them?
At a moment of crisis, intervention from an unexpected source helps to reduce the emotional temperature. Can calm reflection lead to a new course being set for Alan and David?
Setting a New Course is the second of a series of four novels 'The Navigation Quartet'.
This collection of stories has it all - action, adventure, love, death, car crashes, and a trip to the Olympic Games. The title comes from the unfortunate combination of an elbow and a prominent nose during a figure skating mishap. Bet you've never read a sentence like that before.
Paul Dore's singular voice connects these disparate stories into four parts. Love explores all the ways he has failed at finding The One. Identity mixes fiction and reality into compelling and suspenseful narratives. True Stories, I Swear, well, is a series of true stories. Nowhere to go but up reveals the difficulties of recovering from a near-deadly car accident.
These stories come together to explore life, death, and everything in between. Welcome to Paul's world, where you'll laugh and maybe even get a bit teary-eyed, depending on your perspective.
Fiction. A misanthropic ghostwriter roams an island off the Kenyan coast. An Arizona teenager awaits the next stage in a secretive covenant. A renowned poet retraces her past amid a baffling netherworld. An international arms dealer's son drifts through time, atoning for the death of the man he loved.
For readers who take their contemporary fiction with a tinge of the otherworldly, BLEEDING LIGHT is about mystical experiences, the symbolic fabric connecting us all, and desperate people seeking affirmation--through religious, cosmic, chemical and other means--of a world beyond their own. It's a grimly funny and often trippy take on transcendence in a hypercommodified age.
A darkly gleaming marvel. Searing, creepy and mystical--as if Don DeLillo had set out to steal Paulo Coelho's flock.--Sean Michaels
Bizarre, terrifying, and wise, BLEEDING LIGHT nearly gave me a metaphysical crisis like the crises befalling its disorienting brew of madmen, poets, and visionaries. This swirling and masterful novel is sharp, deliriously patterned, painfully dark and darkly funny: lined with prose that demands to be read and reread, BLEEDING LIGHT is everything I hope for in a novel.--Liz Harmer
Claire Lance once had a knack for finding trouble while on the run from the law. Now, years after settling down, trouble has found her.
Claire and her wife, Jodie, have been settled for six years in the quiet Washington island town of Squire's Isle. Claire's about to become sheriff. She faces a lifetime of whale-watching tourists, traffic tickets, dine-and-dashers, and purse snatchers. Her dark past and days on the run are behind her. But a secret criminal operation and the murder of a fellow police officer show that her days of being Claire Lance, vigilante folk hero, may never be over.
Isolated from the mainland and FBI backup by a ferocious blizzard, Clare puts on her armor and prepares to do battle with bad men.
Return to Geonn Cannon's Squire's Isle in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. A familiar cast of characters, new action and consequences, and a loving relationship all feature in this small town story.
In her literary debut, internationally award-winning writer Courtney Zoffness considers what we inherit from generations past — biologically, culturally, spiritually — and what we pass on to our children
Spilt Milk is an intimate, bracing, and beautiful exploration of vulnerability and culpability. Zoffness relives her childhood anxiety disorder as she witnesses it manifest in her firstborn; endures brazen sexual advances by a student in her class; grapples with the implications of her young son's cop obsession; and challenges her Jewish faith. What role does a mother play, she asks, in raising thoughtful, generous children? Where is the line between privacy and secrecy? And how do the stories we tell inform who we become? These powerful, dynamic essays herald a vital new voice.
'Gentle, playful and laced with subtle wit, these essays are a welcome balm in an insane and un-gentle time.' — Mary Gaitskill, author of This is Pleasure
'I don't know what I love the most about Courtney Zoffness's Spilt Milk. The taut originality of the prose? The acuity of its insights? The daring vulnerability? There is so much I want to say about Spilt Milk, but honestly they're all variations of This is fucking brilliant. Whatever you think this book is, it's more.' — Mat Johnson, author of Pym
'(K)eenly perceptive…masterful essays in a fresh, vulnerable voice readers will want to hear more of.' — Publishers Weekly
Featuring a new original introduction by Edwidge Danticat
Avey Johnson-a black, middle-aged, middle-class widow given to hats, gloves, and pearls-has long since put behind her the Harlem of her childhood. Then on a cruise to the Caribbean with two friends, inspired by a troubling dream, she senses her life beginning to unravel-and in a panic packs her bag in the middle of the night and abandons her friends at the next port of call. The unexpected and beautiful adventure that follows provides Avey with the links to the culture and history she has so long disavowed. Originally published in 1983, Praise Song for the Widow was a recipient of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, and is presented here in a beautiful new hardcover edition.
'Astonishingly moving.' — Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review
Fiction. In Naomi Washer's novel SUBJECTS WE LEFT OUT, a young American writer begins translating the work of a French poet whose book bears striking parallels to her own life. Diffident despite her talent and thoughtfulness, she struggles to understand and speak to the people closest to her, especially Alex: an exchange student from Florence whom she feels intimately connected to despite his elusive, almost aloof disposition. As she travels through Paris and rural northeast France to meet with the poet and pursue an idea for her own book, she reckons with the distance between herself and Alex and begins to speak of the life she wants for herself. A meditation on what is often said and unsaid between people--in silence, translation, interpretation, and miscommunication--and an account of an artist coming into her own, SUBJECTS WE LEFT OUT is a novel that sees the reader as correspondent, inviting us to hear and be heard, see and be seen, and summon the courage to speak clearly.
It's 20 -a changed yet still complacent America-and Lorraine Mulderon is mad. She's mad that dying fish litter the shores of her small Connecticut coastal town. She's mad other birds seem to be dying, possibly indirectly related to fish deaths. She's still mad about a wave of crow deaths over a decade ago. Oh, and Lorraine is also mad about small local irritants-four-way stop signs, rude "flocks" of bikers clogging up roadways, water wasted on lawns, too much alcohol consumption. But, mostly, Lorraine is mad at the lack of madness.
Lorraine writes letters, contacts agencies that no longer employ people, only manage voicemails. She types discursive comments on blogs and websites. She makes speeches. She phones lazy, and now corrupt, legislators. She is ignored. What has happened to passion? What has happened to our country? And, now, what has happened to Lorraine?
Lorraine disappears after a large New York protest march. Her daughter, Haley, is desperate to find her, and ultimately writes a letter to Lorraine for publication, hoping her mother will read it and return. Perhaps Lorraine's favorite birds-blue jays-can fill in these blanks.
Actually, a bird's eye view reveals certain truths too difficult for all of us immersed, anchored, and egocentric humans to understand. The blue jays know Lorraine's is a story about our country's greatest sin-the normalization of tragedy.
'On the third of September, not so long ago, something truly wondrous happened on the Beauford Farm and Estate. At the moment of her death, Imogen Zula Nyoni – Genie – was seen to fly away on a giant pair of silver wings ...'As Imogen Zula Nyoni, aka Genie, lies in a coma at Mater Dei Hospital after having suffered through a long illness, her family and friends struggle to come to terms with her impending death. This is the story of Genie, who has gifts that transcend time and space. It is also the story of her forebears - Baines Tikiti, who, because of his wanderlust, changed his name and ended up walking into the Indian Ocean; his son, Livingstone Stanley Tikiti, who, during the war, took as his nom de guerre Golide Gumede and who became obsessed with flight; and Golide's wife, Elizabeth Nyoni, a country-and-western singer self-styled after Dolly Parton, blonde wig and all. With the lightest of touches, and with an overlay of magical-realist beauty, this novel sketches, through the lives of a few families and the fate of a single patch of ground, decades of national history (a country in Southern Africa that is never named) - from colonial occupation through the freedom struggle, to the devastation wrought by the sojas, the HIV virus, and The Man Himself. At turns mysterious and magical, but always honest, The Theory of Flight explores the many ways we lose those we love before they die.
Winner of the 2019 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
'The Theory of Flight may be Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu's first novel, but it's written with the kind of excellence and detail one would expect of an author with decades of experience. Enchanting…you feel as if you're part of the very fabric this interconnected story is woven on. The book is a delightful, heartrending, thrilling and heartbreaking read that will leave the reader sad that they couldn't be a part of Genie's short yet impactful life.' – Pam Magwaza, Drum Magazine
'Ndlovu is a gifted storyteller, skillfully interweaving the real and the magical, beauty and devastation, historical and personal perspectives, simplicity and complexity. She has a vivid imagination and the tale shimmers with magic…A marvellous and unusual flight of fancy. When Genie dies, and flies away on huge silver wings, she will take a little piece of your heart with her.' – Kate Sidley, Sunday Times
'[Ndlovu has a] glorious gift of storytelling.' – Diane de Beer, Business Day.
Tragic Magic is the story of Melvin Ellington, a.k.a. Mouth, a black, twenty-something, ex-college radical who has just been released from a five-year prison stretch after being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Brown structures this first-person tale around Ellington's first day on the outside. Although hungry for freedom and desperate for female companionship, Ellington is haunted by a past that drives him to make sense of those choices leading up to this day.
Through a filmic series of flashbacks the novel revisits Ellington's prison experiences, where he is forced to play the unwilling patsy to the predatorial Chilly and the callow pupil of the not-so-predatorial Hardknocks; then dips further back to Ellington's college days where again he takes second stage to the hypnotic militarism of the Black Pantheresque Theo, whose antiwar politics incite the impressionable narrator to oppose his parents and to choose imprisonment over conscription; and finally back to his earliest high school days where we meet in Otis the presumed archetype of Ellington's 'tragic magic' relationships with magnetic but dangerous avatars of black masculinity in crisis. But the effect of the novel cannot be conveyed through plot recapitulation alone, for its style is perhaps even more provoking than its subject.
Originally published in 1978, and edited by Toni Morrison during her time at Random House, this Of the Diaspora edition of Tragic Magic features a new introduction by author Wesley Brown.
'Tragic Magic is a tremendous affirmation...One hell of a writer.' — James Baldwin
'...wonderfully wry.' — Donald Barthelme
Parent-teacher interviews: a teacher's worse nightmare.
Especially with a parent like Alison Young.
Can this teacher find a way to solve this problem without getting everyone off side?
A slipstream sci-fi story that reminds us all that we control our own fate.
Tall Trees Short Stories: Volume 21 is a collection of 18 extraordinary multi-genre tales exploring our relationship with trees and the natural world.
Following the success of the first collection, this second volume of short stories by celebrated tree author Gabriel Hemery, gifts us a rare view of nature. Whether from the heady heights of love or from the perspective of an intergalactic being, the book offers glimpses into the past, quirky perspectives of the present, and believable futures, which will take root in all readers.
A suspenseful thriller involving the kidnapping of an intelligent woman, who discovers that she has to become someone else to get to the truth. Her tortured logical mind has to make sense of a potential conspiracy. Her quest for answers takes her from London to Crete; a journey of self discovery as much as the pursuit of truth.
Love can be the death of you ...
American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village
in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal.
But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve's new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five
years ago, and he was the only suspect.
Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer is
determined to solve the case and clear Ben's name, even if it's against his will.
Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray
that her romantic notions won't be the end of her.
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