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Exploded View

Carrie Tiffany



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Text Publishing Company
03 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Must a girl always be a part?

How can she become a whole?

In the late 1970s, in the forgotten outer suburbs, a girl has her hands in the engine of a Holden. A sinister new man has joined the family. He works as a mechanic and operates an unlicensed repair shop at the back of their block.

The family is under threat. The girl reads the Holden workshop manual for guidance. She resists the man with silence, then with sabotage. She fights him at the place where she believes his heart lives - in the engine of the car.

Spare, poetic and intensely visual, Exploded View is the powerful new novel from the author of Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds - one of Australia's most celebrated writers and winner of the inaugural Stella Prize.
By:   Carrie Tiffany
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   184g
ISBN:   9781922268662
ISBN 10:   1922268666
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   03 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia. Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living (2005), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and won the Dobbie Award and the WA Premier's Award for Fiction. Mateship with Birds (2011) was also shortlisted for many awards and won the inaugural Stella Prize and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. She lives and works in Melbourne.

Reviews for Exploded View

'An ending to make your jaw unhinge.' * NZ Listener * '[A] densely interior novel, narrated in vignettes that are rhythmic, often poetic, sparse and compressed...Tiffany's control of [the novel's] voice is masterful. It is thrilling, even exhilarating at times, to read.' -- Fiona Wright * Sydney Review of Books * 'The language shifts and soars...' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'The distinctive qualities that made her two previous novels so successful-an original perspective, odd characters, earthy language-emerge quickly from Exploded View, like wildflowers cracking through bitumen...Tiffany writes this portrait of a girl on the brink of womanhood with great subtlety...[T]here's much to learn from this girl and from the compassion, power and beauty of the author's fine writing.' * Guardian * 'If you're a fan of Australian literature, this one is not to be missed.' * AU Review * 'Both poetic and relentlessly dark in tone...with not a word wasted.' * Saturday Paper * 'Carrie Tiffany's third novel...As spare as a poem, as potent as a depth charge.' * SA Weekend * 'This is a very different novel to Tiffany's early books...The language is glitter, angrier and focalised exquisitely through this girl's perspective. * Australian * 'Tiffany pulls off something remarkable here: erecting a narrative structure almost buckling under its own weight, but that ultimately holds up. Challenging and devastating, this is an important read. * Overland * 'An adolescent girl's terrifying tale of family life; I have never read a novel like Exploded View.' * Joan London * 'This is a powerful book and can't be ignored.' * Books + Publishing * 'Exploded View is an offbeat coming-of-age story...there is hardly a detail that does not reverberate beyond itself, evoke some deeper implication. * Australian Book Review * 'This is Tiffany's triumph...her prose has the alert, truncated poetry of a preternatural wise child-lyrical without being florid, clear-sighted by unhappy with that early knowledge...It's title might suggest splintering of focus, but the line drawn in Exploded View is unwavering, tragic, and heads straight down. * Monthly * 'Superbly controlled, like dark, secret music rising from an abyss.' * Helen Garner * 'This tense novel, held tightly with elegant restraint, is hard to read for the best possible reasons. It asks a lot of its reader, but it offers the most satisfying rewards.' * Lifted Brow * 'Exploded View has all the exhilaration of a revved-up Holden' * Age * 'Exploded View...(is) a measured, poetic focus on the small details in nature, roads and relationships.' * Arts Hub *

  • Long-listed for Booktopia Favourite Australian Book 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Literary Fiction Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for NIB Waverley Literary Award 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards 2019 (Australia)
  • Winner of The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards 2019 (Australia)

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