By Amanda Lohrey
All his existence, Richard Kline has been haunted by way of a feeling that whatever is missing. He envies the convenience with which others slip into contented suburban lifestyles or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into heart age, Richard grows offended, 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 given that early life. From prescribed drugs to New Age treatments to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the quest for that means in present day world.
This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human craving for anything extra. it's hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's best delivering but - a pilgrim's development 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 out patronising, disparaging or changing into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a major guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age
‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a balance of velocity and a commanding type that allows you to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in holding us suspended within the cocoon of an idea – “Is this all there is?’ – a query that hums out and in of our personal lives in the course of the day, yet that can unexpectedly ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper
‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian ebook 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 used to be offered the Patrick White Literary Award.
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