‘Smoke in the head’

Miles Allinson’s new novel
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September 2021, no. 435
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In Moonland by Miles Allinson

Scribe, $29.99 pb, 256 pp

‘Smoke in the head’

Miles Allinson’s new novel
by
September 2021, no. 435

In an ABC interview to promote his previous novel, Fever of Animals (2015), Miles Allinson shares a brief anecdote. When Allinson was aged sixteen or seventeen, a teacher told him that everyone turns conservative eventually. Allinson recalls his repulsion at the notion of this inevitable slide towards orthodoxy. His new novel, In Moonland, feels like a rebuttal. Joe, the narrator of the first part of the book, is caught somewhere between consent and revolt: though ambitious, he feels trapped by the flickering lights of his own computer, by the suburbs, and by his run-of-the-mill job. Orbiting him is a coterie of questions relating to his new status as a father, coupled with one more profoundly unanswerable question: why did his father, Vincent, kill himself? Only some of these questions are answered across a narrative that uses four different perspectives and three different timelines, from the present back to the 1970s and into the near future.

Daniel Juckes reviews 'In Moonland' by Miles Allinson

In Moonland

by Miles Allinson

Scribe, $29.99 pb, 256 pp

Buy this book

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