Atlantic Black

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Transit Lounge Publishing, 2017 - Australian fiction - 279 pages
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In this haunting new novel, Katerina Klova and her mother are crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner. When Anne suffers a psychotic breakdown, Katerina is left alone on a ship full of strangers who span classes and stations, all of whom carry their ambitions, fears and obsessions with them. For a seventeen-year-old girl, the daughter of an ambassador, it's an exciting, frightening world to navigate. Through the eyes of Katerina and her own family's place within a fracturing world, we see the way damage, yet also hope, are passed from one generation to another. A.S. Patric's writing in Atlantic Black is achingly tender, the tone merciless but heartbreaking in its compassion.The story takes place over one day and night, New Year's Eve, 1939. The RMS Aquitania steams across the Atlantic ocean. On the horizon the world is about to explode.

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Seventeen-year-old Katerina is an ambassador's daughter on the precipice-and perhaps already over the edge-of womanhood. Travelling on board the transatlantic ocean liner RMS Aquitania en route to her ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

A.S. Patric was born in Zemun, Serbia, but has lived in Australia since childhood. He is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Melbourne, and is a bookseller. His short stories include The Rattler and Other Stories (2011), Las Vegas for Vegans (2012), and Bruno Kramzer: A Long Story (2013). His debut novel is Black Rock White City, for which he won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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