Review: Pew by Catherine Lacey

A stranger walks into a church in America’s deep south, looking for sanctuary. Not religious, but physical sanctuary. It’s worked before. Many times. When the churchgoers arrive, they do not wake the stranger, carrying on their service around the sleeping figure. When finally jolted awake the stranger doesn’t speak and…

Diversity of Australian characters on the margins revealed in Miles Franklin Literary Award long list

Two debut novels, Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng and Act of Grace by Anna Krien,  are included in the longlist for Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, announced this week. Six other contenders have previously been short-listed  the Miles Franklin  including Gerald Murnane, considered a candidate for the Nobel…

Don’t be put off by its brevity, Jenny Offill’s Weather packs a mighty literary punch

Lizzie Benson, the narrator of Jenny Offill’s latest novel Weather, is a failed university student, librarian, surveyor of life and lives, and enthusiastic amateur psychiatrist. She is busily absorbed in managing the everyday: her relationship with husband Ben, a laid-back IT specialist, caring for her worryingly bright son, religion-obsessed mother…


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