Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Wisdom Tree: Five novellas' by Nick Earls

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Wisdom Tree: Five novellas' by Nick Earls

The Wisdom Tree: Five Novellas

by Nick Earls

Inkerman & Blunt $19.99 per pb, 684 pp, 9780992498573

Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch lives on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, where he writes poetry, fiction, and reviews. His work has appeared in

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In the final novella of Nick Earls's quintet The Wisdom Tree, a benign security guard, Wanda, misquotes Tolstoy: 'No family is perfect. But each family isn't perfect in its own way.' Crossing between continents, each of these intersecting novellas reveals characters who variously express love for the institution of family and opportunistically exploit it. Compromised ambition flourishes throughout. Narrators find themselves support acts to the aspirations of others. Success, with its brief euphorias, might or might not come, but compromise has its own rewards.

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