Reviewer: LS

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Books March 14, 2015

She Will Build Him a City

[TOC:ul In this story] Of the 20 million stories in Delhi, Raj Kamal Jha focuses mostly on three in his novel She Will Build Him a City. The Woman, who tells stories to her damaged adult daughter in an attempt at connection; the Man, whose life …

Books February 28, 2015

Hot Little Hands

[TOC:ul In this story] The stories in Abigail Ulman’s uneven debut collection, Hot Little Hands, are all about sexuality, sensuality and love in girls and young women, and the fascinating fluid line between childhood and being an adult. There’s …

Books February 07, 2015

Useful

[TOC:ul In this story] Debra Oswald’s first novel for adults carries the weight of expectations: Oswald is the co-creator and head writer of Offspring, one of the smartest and funniest Australian television series of the past decade. She’s …

Books January 31, 2015

Clade

[TOC:ul In this story] The world as we know it is unravelling and so is Adam Leith’s partner, Ellie, and in turn their relationship. Adam and Ellie are sad people with unremittingly sad lives: their daughter Summer has life-threatening asthma, Adam …

Books December 13, 2014

Here Are the Young Men

[TOC:ul In this story] Dublin boys Matthew, Rez, Cocker and Kearney have just finished high school. They’ve done poorly in the leaving, have been banned from their graduation, and they drink, snort, swallow and inhale prodigious quantities of anything …

Books November 29, 2014

The Last Pulse

[TOC:ul In this story] In Anson Cameron’s rollicking environmental satire The Last Pulse, South Australian farmer Merv Rossiter has lost his wife to suicide and his vineyard to a banker, thanks to a man-made drought. Cotton farmers way upstream …

Books October 25, 2014

Amnesia

[TOC:ul In this story] The novels of Peter Carey have a kind of dualism about them. This can manifest within individual books in protagonists (Oscar and Lucinda; Parrot and Olivier) or parallel narratives (The Chemistry of Tears), but it also …

Books October 11, 2014

Cleanskin Cowgirls

[TOC:ul In this story] The plot of Cleanskin Cowgirls, the latest soon-to-be bestseller from Australia’s queen of rural romance, Rachael Treasure, is as hackneyed as they come: gorgeous farm girl with low self-esteem, Elsie Jones, moves to …

Books April 26, 2014

Only the Animals

[TOC:ul In this story] Two stories into Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals, my heart began to sink. I thought that this collection of 10 thematically linked stories, told mainly by the souls of animals killed in human conflict who had close …