Lily and Janks

Paddy O'Reilly’s new novel
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April 2022, no. 441
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Other Houses by Paddy O'Reilly

Affirm Press, $32.99 pb, 252 pp

Lily and Janks

Paddy O'Reilly’s new novel
by
April 2022, no. 441

Other Houses opens with its central character, Lily, cruising a drug-riddled suburb in search of her missing partner, Janks, who has disappeared, leaving her and their daughter, Jewelee, to fend for themselves. From the outset, Other Houses is grounded in Melbourne: from the suburban streets that Lily traverses late at night to escape her trauma to the highways that Janks drives along on a doomed mission as a ‘courier of misery’. Suburbs with names reminiscent of big American cities like Dallas have none of the glitz and glamour of their famous namesakes; they are steeped in substance abuse, poverty, and hopelessness.

Sonia Nair reviews ‘Other Houses’ by Paddy O’Reilly

Other Houses

by Paddy O'Reilly

Affirm Press, $32.99 pb, 252 pp

Buy this book

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