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‘The truth was more complex’

A finely honed novel tests limits
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January–February 2021, no. 428
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At the Edge of the Solid World by Daniel Davis Wood

Brio, $32.99 pb, 478 pp

‘The truth was more complex’

A finely honed novel tests limits
by
January–February 2021, no. 428

‘Every last word that follows from here is a word I have tortured out of myself. If what I have written sometimes warbles towards the inarticulate, that is the price exacted by torture and the price of articulating ... at all.’ So warns the narrator of Daniel Davis Wood’s first novel, Blood and Bone (2014). He may well be describing Davis Wood’s second novel, At the Edge of the Solid World, which is, above all, deliberate. Davis Wood has written precisely the book he meant to write.

The story concerns the aftermath of the death of a man’s firstborn. In the throes of grief, insomnia, and a destructive impulse, he becomes estranged from his wife in their home in Switzerland. Meanwhile, he becomes fixated on the details of a violent crime in his homeland of Australia, identifying in turns with its victims and its perpetrator.

Naama Grey-Smith reviews 'At the Edge of the Solid World' by Daniel Davis Wood

At the Edge of the Solid World

by Daniel Davis Wood

Brio, $32.99 pb, 478 pp

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