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Longlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award

Briohny Doyle



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01 June 2021
Longlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award What might drive a mother to do the unthinkable?

What could drive a mother to do the unthinkable?

Before- Emma Cormac married into a perfect life but now she's barely coping. Inside a brand new, palatial home, her three young children need more than she can give. Clem, a wilful four year old, is intent on mimicking her grandmother; the formidable matriarch Pat Cormac. Arthur is almost three and still won't speak. At least baby Robbie is perfect. He's the future of the family. So why can't Emma hold him without wanting to scream? Beyond their gleaming windows, a lake vista is evaporating. The birds have mostly disappeared, too. All over Shorehaven, the Cormac family buys up land to develop into cheap housing for people they openly scorn.

After- The summers have grown even fiercer and the Cormac name doesn't mean what it used to. Arthur has taken it abroad, far from a family unable to understand him. Clem is a young artist who turns obsessively to the same dark subject. Pat doesn't even know what legacy means now. Not since the ground started sinking beneath her. Meanwhile, a nameless woman has been released from state care. She sticks to her twelve-step program, recites her affirmations, works one day at a time on a humble life devoid of ambition or redemption. How can she have an after when baby Robbie doesn't?

Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   402g
ISBN:   9781760899615
ISBN 10:   1760899615
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Briohny Doyle is a writer and academic, and an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. She has a PhD in the post-apocalyptic imagination, and her work appears in a range of publications in Australia and overseas, and as meaningful pixels all over the internet. Her debut novel, The Island Will Sink, was published to critical acclaim in 2016. A 2017 Endeavour Scholarship recipient, Briohny spent time in residence at Yale University and the University of California. Briohny has taken to the stage at many writers' festivals with everything from room-stopping spoken word to XXX fan porn. Adult Fantasy was her first work of nonfiction.

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