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Here Until August : Stories - Josephine Rowe

Here Until August

Stories

By: Josephine Rowe

eBook | 3 September 2019

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A masterful collection of horizons and departures, heartbreak and seduction, from an internationally acclaimed Australian author.

These superbly crafted stories follow the fates of characters who, by choice or by force, are travelling beyond the boundaries of their known worlds. We meet them navigating reluctant partings and uncertain returns or biding the disquieting calm that often precedes decisive action.

An agoraphobic French emigre watches terrorist videos compulsively as she minds a dog named Chavez. A young couple weather the interiority of a Montreal winter, more attuned to the illicit goings-on of their neighbours than to their own hazy, unfolding futures. A Western Australian family cross from mainland to island, from disaster towards a faltering redemption. Other stories play out in locations just beyond the brink of familiarity: flooded townships and distant lakes, sunlit woodlands or paths bright with ice, places of unpredictable access and spaces scrubbed from maps.

From the Catskills to the Snowy Mountains, the abandoned island outports of Newfoundland to the sprawl of an Australian metropolis, this scintillating collection from one of Australia's most gifted writers shows us how the places we inhabit shape us in ways both remote and intimate.

'A nuanced, lyrical and masterful collection from one of Australia's short-fiction greats, Here Until August will leave you breathless.'-Maxine Beneba Clarke

'Here Until August tracks the shimmer of precarious moments and transient moods with devastating precision. In their steady excavation of intimacy, these spacious stories bring Alice Munro to mind. I underlined sentence after sentence as I read: for their beauty, their clarity and their wisdom. Josephine Rowe is a breathtakingly good writer, and this is a marvellous book.' -Michelle de Kretser

'Here Until August is a superb collection, pared back, astute, yet brimming with life and love and expectation ... resonates with the unflinching acuity of the great Alice Munro.' -The Saturday Paper

'Gives you the sense that its author has seen a thing or two ... But even as a narrator may be stuck in the maelstrom of the past, Rowe manages to drive home the point that the world is not a cruel place, if you only try to engage with it.' -The New York Times<.i>
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