By Amanda Lohrey
All his existence, Richard Kline has been haunted by way of a feeling that whatever is missing. He envies the convenience with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into center age, Richard grows indignant, cynical, depressed.
But then an odd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He reveals himself on a quest, virtually opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered due to the fact that adolescence. From prescription drugs to New Age treatments to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the hunt for that means in state-of-the-art world.
This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the paranormal and our very human longing for whatever extra. it truly is hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's most interesting delivering but - a pilgrim's growth for the right here and now.
Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize
‘Lohrey’s language in the course of the novel is a searing pride … with out patronising, disparaging or turning into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a significant guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age
‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a stability of speed and a commanding sort for you to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in maintaining us suspended within the cocoon of an concept – “Is this all there is?’ – a question that hums out and in of our personal lives through the day, yet that may without notice ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper
‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian e-book Review
Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once presented the Patrick White Literary Award.
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