By Amanda Lohrey
All his lifestyles, Richard Kline has been haunted by way of a feeling that anything is missing. He envies the benefit with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into heart age, Richard grows indignant, cynical, depressed.
But then an odd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He unearths himself on a quest, nearly opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered seeing that adolescence. From prescription drugs to New Age cures to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the hunt for that means in contemporary world.
This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the paranormal and our very human craving for anything extra. it's hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's most interesting supplying but - a pilgrim's growth for the right here and now.
Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize
‘Lohrey’s language through the novel is a searing satisfaction … with no patronising, disparaging or changing into a sentimental partner, she will get contained in the head of a significant guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age
‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a balance of speed and a commanding variety with a view to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in conserving us suspended within the cocoon of an idea – “Is this all there is?’ – a question that hums out and in of our personal lives throughout the day, yet that can by surprise ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper
‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian e-book Review
Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once provided the Patrick White Literary Award.
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