Ian Reid: The End of Longing

Jeffrey Poacher
Published in May 2011
Jeffrey Poacher

Jeffrey Poacher

Jeffrey Poacher has written about Australian fiction and literary criticism for ABR since 2008. His essays, reviews, and

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Known unknowns

Jeffrey Poacher

 

The End of Longing
by Ian Reid
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 304 pp, 9781742582740

 

What do we really know about other people, even those closest to us? In one of Chekhov’s most famous stories, the supreme adulterer Gurov takes the view that authentic life is always lived in secret (though, of course, he would say that). Marriage offers no ready access to another person’s history, as a young wife discovers in Ian Reid’s début novel, The End of Longing. Her problem of knowledge has graver implications than most, since her husband’s closet of secrets might well include a murder or two.

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Published in May 2011

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