The Strays by Emily Bitto

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May 2014, no. 361
The Strays

The Strays

by Emily Bitto

Affirm Press, $24.99 pb, 290 pp, 9781922213211

The Strays by Emily Bitto

Reviewed by
May 2014, no. 361

Lily, the cautious girl at the heart of Emily Bitto’s début novel, The Strays, is befriended on the first day of school by Eva, the daughter of artists Evan and Helena Trentham. Lily’s deep connection with her ‘leg sister’ (so called because their limbs often become entangled in sleep) places her on the periphery of a colony of unconventional artists. This violable combination of artistic temperaments works well for a time, until a secret alters everything.

The Strays

The Strays

by Emily Bitto

Affirm Press, $24.99 pb, 290 pp, 9781922213211

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