Between a Wolf and a Dog

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Scribe Publications, 2017 - Fiction - 257 pages

WINNER OF THE 2017 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION

WINNER OF THE 2016 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND FICTION BOOK AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 STELLA PRIZE

A stunning, award-winning novel about the complexities of family relationships, and ultimately, what it means to be alive.

Outside, the rain continues unceasing; silver sheets sluicing down, the trees and shrubs soaking and bedraggled, the earth sodden, puddles overflowing, torrents coursing onwards, as the darkness slowly softens with the dawn.

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the anxieties of the middle class: loneliness, relationships, death. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to fall in love again. Meanwhile, April is struggling through her own directionless life; Lawrence's reckless past decisions are catching up with him; and Ester and April's mother, Hilary, is about to make a choice that will profoundly affect them all.

Taking place largely over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a celebration of the best in all of us--our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous tribute to the beauty of being alive.

PRAISE FOR GEORGIA BLAIN

"[An] elegant, intelligent and affecting novel from a writer at the height of her powers."
--The Saturday Paper

"Like all her novels, Between a Wolf and a Dog explores the often unarticulated complexities of the intersection of the personal and the political with exquisite grace and intelligence."
--Australian Book Review

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This was a brilliant book for me. Pressed all the right buttons to get me involved in a very deep way. I really think Georgia Blain was a wonderful writer and was definitely getting even better when ... Read full review

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Great character writing as usual from Georgia. Family dramas that relate. So much emotion, so well communicated. One of the characters is dying from brain cancer, so there was added poignancy in knowing Georgia herself was soon to leave us by the same route. Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Georgia Blain published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories, and a memoir. Her first novel was the bestselling Closed for Winter, which was made into a feature film. Her books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW, Victorian, and SA Premiers' Literary Awards, the ALS Gold Medal, the Stella Prize, and the Nita B. Kibble Award for her memoir Births Deaths Marriages . Georgia's works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home, and the YA novel Darkwater . In 2016, Georgia published Between a Wolf and a Dog and the YA novel Special (Penguin Random House Australia). Between a Wolf and a Dog was shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize, and was awarded the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and the 2016 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction. Georgia passed away in December 2016.

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