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A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists - Jane Rawson

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

Paperback Published: 1st June 2013
ISBN: 9781921924439
Number Of Pages: 320

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It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must stand at least once in every 25-foot square of the country. Decades later, in an Australian city that has fallen on hard times, Caddy is camped by the Maribyrnong River, living on small change from odd jobs, ersatz vodka and memories. She's sick of being hot, dirty, broke and alone.

Caddy's future changes shape when her friend, Ray, stumbles across some well-worn maps, including one of San Francisco, and their lives connect with those of teenagers Simon and Sarah in ways that are unexpected and profound.

A meditation on happiness – where and in what place and with who we can find our centre, a perceptive vision of where our world is headed, and a testament to the power of memory and imagination, this is the best of novels: both highly original and eminently readable.

About the Author

Jane Rawson, who gew up in Canberra and now lives in Melbourne, is a writer and editor who has worked for Lonely Planet and The Conversation. A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists is her first book.

I will buy this book over and over!


I keep lending and giving this book to my friends, and so I keep buying it anew so that I can dip into it. I think Rawson has edged us into a new genre - some sort of cross-genre well-informed witty cli-fi fabulist combo that asks all the big questions in a way that is playful, intelligent, absorbing.



What a delight!


What a delight this read turned out to be. Funny, highly imaginative plot and an interesting look at the effects of climate change in a futuristic Melbourne. Loved the main character, Caddy. Recommended!

Sunshine Coast

Worth taking a chance on


Like any reader educated in the last twenty years, at the first mention of 'meta-fiction' or 'story-within-a-story' I'm in the car driving to the nearest national park and not coming out until the whole thing blows over. Fortunately, when this one landed on my desk I jumped in not knowing what I was in for. Rawson whisks you off through her introverted but multileveled world with the kind of irreverence like you'd expect of some edgy big-name American writer. But the whole time it's steeped in an non-painful-to-read contemporary sort-of Australianess. It's actually pretty nice. Give it a go and you'll find more to love than the neato hipster cover design. It's brief and refreshing read that will make you think about stuff and appreciate things.



A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

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ISBN: 9781921924439
ISBN-10: 1921924438
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st June 2013
Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.42

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