Chandani Lokugé: Softly, As I Leave You

Illusive beauty

Gillian Dooley


Softly, As I Leave You
by Chandani Lokugé
Arcadia (Australian Scholarly Publishing), $24.95 pb, 252 pp, 9781921875410


A treacherous beauty pervades Chandani Lokugé’s third novel, a tragic story of loss and squandered love. Chris Foscari, owner of a rarefied specialist bookshop in Melbourne and son of an Italian father and an Australian mother, is married to the outrageously beautiful Sri Lankan Uma, whom he met when she was studying in Melbourne. They have a teenage son, Arjuna, who is also blessed with unusual grace, at least in his mother’s eyes:

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Published in February 2012 no. 338

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