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Lovesome - Sally Seltmann

Paperback Published: 24th April 2018
ISBN: 9781760632878
Number Of Pages: 256

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An offbeat and beguiling story of finding your own happiness.

My warm breath makes a beautiful fog before me. It's times like this when I feel most alive. I feel free, and at one with the world and everything around me. It's an invigorating version of euphoria. But I don't want to arrive home to no one; I want someone to come home to.

It's 1995 and 21-year-old Joni Johnson is fresh out of art school and loving her life. Working at Harland, a French restaurant, makes her happy - it's as romantic as she is herself. Harland's owner, Lucy, and chef, Dave, make her evenings both entertaining and complicated. By day, Joni sets up her easel in her backyard bungalow, turns on her music, and paints.

But when Joni's best friend, Annabelle, arrives on the doorstep one night ecstatic in love, everything changes. The life Joni has built for herself seems lacklustre in comparison to Annabelle's rising star. And when Annabelle makes a beeline for the one man who seems interested in Joni, it looks unlikely that their friendship will survive.

Tender, funny and romantic, Lovesome is a triumph.

About the Author

Sally Seltmann is an Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. From 2000 to 2009, she used the stage name, New Buffalo. Under that name, she wrote, performed, arranged and produced her debut album in September 2004. Her second album appeared in March 2007. Seltmann and Canadian singer-songwriter Feist co-wrote the song, 1234, which became a Top 10 hit on the United States Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, she released her third solo album and formed an indie rock trio, Seeker Lover Keeper, with fellow Australians Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby. They issued a self-titled album in June 2011, which peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart. She is currently working on a new solo album and a new Seeker Lover Keeper album, both of which are likely to be released in the new twelve months. This is her first book.

impressive debut novel


3.5 stars Lovesome is the first novel by Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and author, Sally Seltmann. At twenty-one years old, artist Joni Johnson has a job that perfectly suits her lifestyle: she works five nights a week at a French restaurant, and paints during the day. Joni lives in a backyard bungalow within cycling distance of Harland in Balmain East. Her boss, Lucy Bourdillon is a beautiful, charismatic French woman with somewhat unpredictable moods; Joni mostly gets on well with the rest of the staff, but especially with Dave, the chef, with whom she has an easy rapport. Life is pretty good, although a boyfriend would improve it. When Joni finds Annabelle Reed on her doorstep one night, she knows life isn't going to be quite the same. Annabelle is her best friend since school, a popular singer/musician whose work has brought her fame and taken her to London and New York. And if her presence makes Joni feel less that satisfied with her own achievements, it's OK because she and Annabelle love each other. Everything with Annabelle is larger than life: her desirability, her career, her relationships, her problems, her heartbreaks. Having Annabelle sharing her flat is as disruptive as it is exciting. Seltmann's protagonist is less than endearing to begin with: completely self-absorbed; often highly critical of others; her opinions of others oscillating wildly between adulation or awe and disapproval or disgust; rapidly switching loyalties; and generally acting more like a sixteen-year-old than her actual age. Luckily, as she learns a few of life's lessons, develops some maturity and realises what is important, she becomes less irritating. By the close of the novel, the reader may actually be pleased for her at the direction her life is taking. There's some nice descriptive prose in this impressive debut novel. With thanks to Allen & Unwin for this copy to read and review.




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ISBN: 9781760632878
ISBN-10: 1760632872
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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