Fiona Wright reviews 'The Science of Appearances' by Jacinta Halloran

Fiona Wright reviews 'The Science of Appearances' by Jacinta Halloran

The Science of Appearances

by Jacinta Halloran

Scribe $29.99 pb, 296 pp, 9781925321579

‘Twins,’ Jacinta Halloran writes, have ‘a special place in worlds both mythical and real’. This line, in the beautifully poetic prologue of The Science of Appearances, is a small but salient foreshadowing for fraternal twins Mary and Dominic Quinn. Both of them struggle across their lives to find their own special place in the world, and make sense of the myths of family, inheritance and belonging that might constrain or explain precisely who they are.

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Published in November 2016, no. 386
Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance was published by Giramondo in 2015. Her latest book is Domestic Interior (Giramondo, 2017). She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre.