The Labyrinth: Winner of the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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Text Publishing Company, Aug 4, 2020 - Fiction - 256 pages
Erica Marsden’s son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence.

There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it—to find a way out of her quandary—Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past.

The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.

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User Review  - lesleynicol - LibraryThing

AT times this book has beautiful descriptive passages about the seaside and countryside where Erica takes up residence to be near her son who is serving time in a special "house of corrections" and is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Devastated when her son is convicted of negligent homicide, Erica Marsden cuts all ties to her former life and retreats to a lonely coastal hamlet near his prison. Moving into a rundown shack, she ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Amanda Lohrey lives in Tasmania and writes fiction and non-fiction. She has taught Politics at the University of Tasmania and Writing and Textual Studies at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland. Amanda is a regular contributor to the Monthly magazine and is a former Senior Fellow of the Literature Board of the Australia Council. In November 2012 she received the Patrick White Award for literature.

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