Marie O'Rourke reviews 'Music and Freedom' by Zoë Morrison

Marie O'Rourke reviews 'Music and Freedom' by Zoë Morrison

Music and Freedom

by Zoë Morrison

Vintage Books $32.99 pb, 345 pp, 9781925324204

Resurrection being the concept underpinning Music and Freedom, fittingly the performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto – which marked the composer's return from a four-year bout of depression – is the structural core of this powerful first novel. The concerto's ominous opening chords, aching second movement, and confident yet unsettled finale reverberate through Zoë Morrison's narrative as she explores the complexities of life, love, music, and memory.

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Published in August 2016, no. 383
Marie O'Rourke

Marie O'Rourke

Marie O'Rourke is a Perth-based creative writer and PhD candidate from Curtin University whose writing has appeared in The Weekend Australian and on the Westerly blog. Completing a Master of Creative Practice in 2014, in previous lives she has been a secondary English teacher and stay-at-home mum. Investigating the quirks of memory, her current creative work-in-progress is a collection of lyric essays that pushes the boundaries of post-postmodern memoir.

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