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The life to come : a novel

Author: Michelle De Kretser
Publisher: New York : Catapult, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Set in Australia, France, and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies, and as nations. Driven by a vivid cast of characters, it explores necessary emigration, the art of fiction, and ethnic and class conflict. Pippa is an Australian writer who longs for the success of her novelist teacher and eventually comes to fear that she "missed everything  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Fiction
Novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle De Kretser
ISBN: 9781936787821 1936787822 9781948226158 1948226154
OCLC Number: 1003727672
Description: 344 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Michelle de Kretser.

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"Set in Australia, France, and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies, and as nations. Driven by a vivid cast of characters, it explores necessary emigration, the art of fiction, and ethnic and class conflict. Pippa is an Australian writer who longs for the success of her novelist teacher and eventually comes to fear that she "missed everything important." In Paris, Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka, but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time and can't commit to his trusting girlfriend, Cassie. Sri Lankan Christabel, who is generously offered a passage to Sydney by Bunty, an old acquaintance, endures her dull job and envisions a brighter future that "rose, glittered, and sank back," while she neglects the love close at hand. The stand-alone yet connected worlds of The Life to Come offer meditations on intimacy, loneliness, and our flawed perception of reality. Enormously moving, gorgeously observant of physical detail, and often very funny, this new novel by Michelle de Kretser reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform and distort the present. It is teeming with life and earned wisdom-- exhilaratingly contemporary, with the feel of a classic."--Provided by publisher.

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