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by Michelle de Kretser

Springtime Synopsis

Picking up her pace, Frances saw a woman in the leaf-hung depths of the garden. She wore a long pink dress and a wide hat, and her skin was a creamy white. There came upon Frances a sensation that sometimes overtook her when she was looking at a painting: space was foreshortened, time stood still. When Frances met Charlie at a party in Melbourne he was married with a young son. Now she and Charlie live in Sydney with her rescue dog Rod and an unshakeable sense that they have tipped the world on its axis. They are still getting their bearings - of each other and of their adopted city. Everything is alien, unfamiliar, exotic: haunting, even. Worlds of meaning spin out of perfectly chosen words in this rare, beguiling and brilliant ghost story by Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning writer Michelle de Kretser.

Springtime Press Reviews

Thrillingly self-aware and lightfooted... the real pleasure of Springtime lies not in its emotional acuity or even de Kretser's marvellous control of her narrative but in its sophistication and playfulness. * Weekend Australian * A gorgeous, delicately surprising piece of writing. * New York Times Book Review * A dark gem of a book... One reads Springtime not for its shock value - this tale is much more subtle than that - but for the way De Kretser explores the nature of ambiguity and for her deliciously unsettling descriptions. * The Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781760111212
Publication date: 22nd October 2014
Author: Michelle de Kretser
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. She was educated in Melbourne and Paris. She is the author of four novels: The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case (which won the Commonwealth Prize, SE Asia and Pacific region and the Encore Prize), The Lost Dog, which was longlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prize, and Questions of Travel, winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2014 IMPAC Prize among many others. She lives in Sydney.

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