What Came Between

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Scribe Publications, 2009 - Fiction - 181 pages
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Set against the backdrop of the 1989 earthquake that shook Newcastle, Australia, this gripping novel reveals another set of intangible but powerful fault lines—those that exist in the relationships of three couples who reside in adjoining terraces on Laman Street. Revealing the potential they have to change each other’s lives irreparably, this tale follows these six characters as they struggle to discover new ways of negotiating marriage and infidelity, careers and unemployment, and friendship and loss. Beginning with their hard-earned knowledge of how to survive one day at a time, this narrative then touches on the protagonists a decade later, when they realize how to live as if each night were their last. Written in spare prose, this chronicle takes ordinary lives and transforms them into something both familiar and extraordinary, creating a compelling portrait of contemporary living.

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User Review  - maggieball - LibraryThing

There’s a delicate and quiet power in Patrick Cullen’s stories. As the title suggests, What Came Between focuses on the ten years between the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake and the Newcastle BHP Steelwork ... Read full review

What Came Between

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

The theme of emotional fracture is kicked off as a married couple return home to Newcastle in 1989, just one day after the earthquake has shaken the city. We're gradually introduced to a group of ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Patrick Cullen is a writer whose short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including Best Australian Stories and Sleepers Almanac. He has been broadcast on ABC Radio National.

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