Reading Madame Bovary

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Black Inc., Aug 30, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Winner, Queensland Literary Awards 2011

A woman finds her everyday life engulfed by vivid fantasies, a businessman explores new ways to deal with his rage, a young woman is stuck on a boat with a bunch of delinquents, a diary is discovered, a commune goes wrong ...

In this captivating collection of short fiction, award-winning novelist Amanda Lohrey explores the dilemmas of modern life. Her characters find themselves caught between body and spirit, memory and desire, ambition and mortality – and they must transform themselves or be trapped.

Shot through with a serene intelligence, these tales enlighten and entertain in equal measure.

“Cool, clear, accomplished tales.”—Sunday Age

“Full of gorgeously framed images and language that begs the reader to wholly enter the lives she renders.”—Canberra Times

"Not a word out of place...Reading Madame Bovary is a pleasure to read”—Bookseller & Publisher

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Amanda Lohrey's new book of short fiction, Reading Madame Bovary, is a collection of middle-class vignettes. The stories are peopled with characters who will be familiar to readers of Australian ... Read full review


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Amanda Lohrey is the author of Vertigo. Her first novel was The Morality of Gentlemen, published in 1984. It was followed by The Reading Group and then Camille's Bread, winner of the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal and a Victorian Premier's Literary Award in 1996. She is also the author of two Quarterly Essays, 'Groundswell' and 'Voting for Jesus'.

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