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Love Objects

Emily Maguire



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Allen & Unwin
01 April 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Nic loves things; she's sensitive enough to imagine an interior life for objects that others consider inanimate. For Nic though, each and every one of her possessions is a carefully positioned treasure. It means that her house is stuffed to overflowing, and she doesn't invite people inside; although outside, she has full-time employment, work friends and her beloved niece Lena, who she meets every Sunday for a long gossipy lunch. When Nic fails to appear one Sunday, Lena calls around - and is shocked at what she finds. As the only family member available, she takes matters into her own hands... But Nic is not the only one in trouble, as Lena has uncharacteristically allowed herself to hook up with a fellow student, only to discover their liaison was taped and she is now attracting unwanted attention through social media. And when her troubled brother turns up, the problems only multiply... A brilliant novel that sympathetically treats each of the main characters (and their problems) with respect and understanding, handled with deftness and flashes of light and ultimately, hope. Lindy

'Bold, furious, unapologetic and deeply insightful.' Sofie Laguna, author of Infinite Splendours 'A stunning, immersive novel that will change the conversation about class and about what possessions mean. It's important and funny and sad and beautiful and I absolutely adored it.' Kathryn Heyman, author of Storm and Grace and Fury 'One of the most big-hearted novels I've ever read. Each person fully formed, each scene and new catastrophe rooted in truth.' Bri Lee, author of Eggshell Skull Nic is a forty-five-year-old trivia buff, amateur nail artist and fairy godmother to the neighbourhood's stray cats. She's also the owner of a decade's worth of daily newspapers, enough clothes and shoes to fill Big W three times over and a pen collection which, if laid end-to-end, would probably circle her house twice.

The person she's closest to in the world is her beloved niece Lena, who she meets for lunch every Sunday. One day Nic fails to show up. When Lena travels to her aunt's house to see if Nic's all right, she gets the shock of her life, and sets in train a series of events that will prove cataclysmic for them both.

By the acclaimed author of An Isolated Incident, Love Objects is a clear-eyed, heart-wrenching and deeply compassionate novel about love and family, betrayal and forgiveness, and the things we do to fill our empty spaces.
By:   Emily Maguire
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   496g
ISBN:   9781760878337
ISBN 10:   1760878332
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emily Maguire is the author of six novels, including the Stella Prize and Miles Franklin Award-shortlisted An Isolated Incident, and three non-fiction books. Her articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature have been published widely including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Observer and The Age. Emily works as a teacher and as a mentor to young and emerging writers and was the 2018/2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.

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