THE LIFE TO COME – MICHELLE DE KRETSER – BOOK REVIEW

 

The Life to Come

The Life to Come

is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.

Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka.  However blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters.  As a result this is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.

Profoundly moving as well as wickedly funny.

The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.

 

Reviewers Feedback:

Loved this book.  An honest, funny and moving portrait of modern life.  

de Kretser’s characters are often unlikable, but only because she’s so unsparing in her portraits of them.  Every flaw goes under the microscope. It took me a while to settle into the structure.  Which jumps around in time a bit and shifts focus quite suddenly, but this really is an impressive achievement.

It’s smart, politically engaged, timely and funny; a book for writers and for people who love books.  Especially for those with a particular interest in contemporary Australian society and Australian Literature.

Author bio:

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris.

Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer.

She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case.  Which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region).  And in addition the UK Encore Prize.  And The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd.  Consequently winning a swag of awards.  Including: the 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award.  And the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.  And the Western Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize’s Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Her last novel, Questions of Travel, received 14 honours, including winning the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

 

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