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
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.