Here Until August (eBook)
de Josephine Rowe
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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 émigré 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 Australias most gifted writers shows us how the places we inhabit shape us in ways both remote and intimate.
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
A nuanced, lyrical and masterful collection from one of Australia's short-fiction greats,Here Until August will leave you breathless.Maxine Beneba Clarke
With this vital collection, Rowe reveals in fresh ways her rare mastery of the short-story form. Ever sensitive to the subtleties of exile and longing, her voice is tender and mesmerising throughout. This is fiction that runs deep and burns bright. Jennifer Mills
Revelatory ... Rowes shape shifting, capturing the nuances of different nationalities effortlessly, is almost as remarkable as the precise, delicate and frequently witty prose ... Pitch-perfect examinations of place and psyche from a writer to watch closely.Kirkus (starred review)
Captivating and emotionally charged prose crisp and evocativeHere Until August is a powerful and intimate collection. FOUR AND A HALF STARS Books+Publishing
Her gorgeous, precise language encourages inner storms.The New York Times Book Review