The Sea and Us by Catherine de Saint Phalle

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January–February 2020, no. 418
Susan Midalia reviews 'The Sea and Us' by Catherine de Saint Phalle

The Sea and Us

by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Transit Lounge, $25.50 hb, 186 pp, 9781925760415

The Sea and Us by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Reviewed by
January–February 2020, no. 418

Catherine de Saint Phalle already had an impressive publication history – five novels written in French and one in English – when her elegantly written, often heart-breaking memoir Poum and Alexandre was shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize. Her new novel, The Sea and Us, is her third book written in English since she came to Australia in 2003. Its title works both literally and symbolically. The Sea and Us is the name of the Melbourne fish and chip shop above which the middle-aged narrator, Harold, rents a room, having returned to his childhood city after eighteen years of living and working in South Korea.

Susan Midalia reviews 'The Sea and Us' by Catherine de Saint Phalle

The Sea and Us

by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Transit Lounge, $25.50 hb, 186 pp, 9781925760415

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