Fiction

Beejay Silcox reviews 'Lincoln in the Bardo' by George Saunders

Beejay Silcox
22 February 2017

From the outside, America seems defined by its brutal polarities – political, racial, moral, economic, geographic. The Disunited States of America. From the inside, the picture is more complex; American life is not lived at these extremes, but in the murky, transitional spaces between them. George Saunders’s much-anticipated novel Lincoln in the Bardo i ... More

Duncan Fardon reviews 'The Museum of Modern Love' by Heather Rose

Duncan Fardon
20 December 2016

E.B. White once said there were three New Yorks, comprised of those who were born there (‘solidity and continuity’), the daily commuter (‘tidal restlessness’), and the searcher on More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'The Birdman's Wife' by Melissa Ashley

Anna MacDonald
20 December 2016

The Birdman’s Wife is about passion, obsession, and ambition. Narrated by Elizabeth (Eliza) Gould, the novel relates her marriage to, and creative partnership with ...

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Dean Biron reviews 'Old Scores' by David Whish-Wilson

Dean Biron
20 December 2016

For the most part, the burgeoning 1980s nostalgia industry in Australia tends to overlook the fact that back then the states seemed to be engaged in a kind of Sheffield Shield ...

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Josephine Taylor reviews 'Where the Light Falls' by Gretchen Shirm

Josephine Taylor
20 December 2016

In the midst of preparing for an important London exhibition, photographer Andrew is drawn back to Australia by the sudden disappearance of his former girlfriend, Kirsten ...

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Kevin Brophy reviews 'Ghostspeaking' by Peter Boyle

Kevin Brophy
20 December 2016

If Peter Boyle’s new and selected, Towns in the Great Desert (which I reviewed in ABR, March 2014), was a tour de force of the imagination, and a book of stunningly str More

Gabriel García Ochoa reviews 'The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World' by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman

Gabriel García Ochoa
20 December 2016

Mictlán, the underworld of Aztec mythology, is divided into nine regions, like Dante’s Inferno. Yuri Herrera’s novella, Signs Preceding the End of the World, opens with ...

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Gillian Dooley reviews 'Extinctions' by Josephine Wilson

Gillian Dooley
20 December 2016

Extinctions takes its time giving up its secrets, and there are some we will never know. One of its most persistent enigmas is what kind of book it is. I wondered ...

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Shannon Burns reviews 'Autumn' by Ali Smith

Shannon Burns
20 December 2016

Ali Smith is a formally and thematically exuberant writer who takes obvious pleasure in the art of storytelling, the mutability of language, and slippages in representation ...

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Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Best Australian Stories 2016' edited by Charlotte Wood

Kerryn Goldsworthy
19 December 2016

If a collection of stories is put together on the basis that these are the ‘best Australian stories of 2016’, is it fair or reasonable to hope for some kind of cohesiveness or gestalt More

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