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Penguin, Nov 25, 2008 - Fiction - 128 pages
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Olivia arrives at her mother?s chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia?s brother Marcus and his wife Sophie?but this reunion is far from joyful. After years of desperately wanting a baby, Sophie has just given birth to a stillborn child, and she is struggling to overcome her devastation. Meanwhile, Olivia wrestles with her own secrets about the cruel and violent man she married many years before. Exquisitely written and reminiscent of Ian McEwan and J. M. Coetzee, Disquiet is a darkly beautiful and atmospheric story that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

This is a short (121 page) book described as "delicately poetic and richly imagined, Julia Leigh’s new novella is both strange and estranged – a mesmerizing vision of a family in extremis." I thought ... Read full review

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User Review  - imagiphantaria - LibraryThing

This is a story about ugly, and it is full of beautiful prose which I stopped many times to write down. This isn't a book where you ever get inside the characters. They are complex, but elusive ... Read full review

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Julia Leigh was born in Sydney, Australia. Her writing has been compared to Melville and Conrad (San Francisco Chronicle), and she was included in the London Observer's list of 21 writers for the 21st century.

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