Night Street is the passionate story of a young painter,
Clarice Beckett, who defies society's strict conventions and
indifferent art critics alike and leads an intense private and
professional life. With her extraordinary talent for making simple city
and seascapes haunting and mysteriously revelatory, Clarice paints
prolifically and lives largely, overcoming the seemingly confined
existence as the spinster daughter in the parental home.
Night Street began with Thornell's first encounter with the paintings of Melbourne artist Clarice Beckett (1887-1935) at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The subtle power of Clarice's highly atmospheric, enigmatic landscapes enabled her to imagine Clarice's inner life and shape an extraordinary novel.
About The Author
Born in 1975, Kristel Thornell grew up in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She studied French and Italian at the University of Sydney and spent a year in Italy, researching the author Giorgio Bassani and then teaching English as a foreign language. She has lived in North America for much of the last ten years, in Mexico, the United States and Canada, where she completed an M.A. in English at the University of New Brunswick. She has also taught Italian language and literature, French and Spanish, and has published reviews, poetry and fiction in a range of journals, including Meanjin, Overland, Southerly and Island. For the last two and half years, she has been working on a PhD in Creative Writing, supervised by Nicholas Jose, first through the University of Adelaide and now with the University of Western Sydney. Kristell is currently living in the US.
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1