The Strays

The Strays

The Strays

by Emily Bitto

Affirm Press, $24.99 pb, 290 pp, 9781922213211

James Tierney

James Tierney is a writer and reviewer from Sydney, Australia. He blogs about literature and art at ...

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.

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Published in May 2014 no. 361

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