Dark Roots

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Scribe Publications, 2008 - Australia - 182 pages
5 Reviews

'One of the world's finest short-story writers.'
Robert Drewe

'Dark Rootsannounces the arrival of a major talent in Australian fiction. Cate Kennedy has a near pitch-perfect voice and a feeling for the precise moment when stars move in the cosmos.'
Peter Temple

'Kennedy's stories are immaculate little slivers of life that needle into my heart and mind, and stay there. She's a writer's writer.'
Toni Jordan


In these sublimely sophisticated tales, Cate Kennedy opens up worlds of finely observed detail. Her stories are populated by people at tipping points in their lives - moments that find them poised between a familiar past and an unfamiliar future. A cancer sufferer boards a plane with three kilos of cocaine in her luggage; a neglected wife plans an unsavoury revenge on her boorish husband; a married couple realise their too-tight wedding rings may symbolise wider aspects of their relationship. Heartbreaking, evocative and richly comic, Dark Rootsunveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures, and the coincidences that drive our lives.

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User Review  - Crazymamie - LibraryThing

I truly loved this book, and only a couple of the stories fell just shy of the perfection mark, which is why it gets not quite a full five stars from me. I picked this up from the library for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - pam.enser - LibraryThing

I wasn't too sure about this when I fist started it. The last book of short stories I read was Miranda July's collection. I liked it, but I wasn't enthralled. This is completely different. I LOVE ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Cate is also the author of the travel memoir Sing, and Don't Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. Her latest book is The Taste of River Water- New and Selected Poems by Cate Kennedy, which was published in May 2011 and won the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry.

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