Reading Madame Bovary
Pub date: September 2010
RRP: $32.95
ISBN: 9781863954907
Imprint: Black Inc.
Format: PB
Size: 234 x 153mm
Extent: 304pp

Reading Madame Bovary

Winner, Queensland Literary Awards 2011

A woman finds her everyday life engulfed by vivid fantasies, a businessman explores new ways to deal with his rage, a young woman is stuck on a boat with a bunch of delinquents, a diary is discovered, a commune goes wrong …

In this captivating collection of short fiction, award-winning novelist Amanda Lohrey explores the dilemmas of modern life. Her characters find themselves caught between body and spirit, memory and desire, ambition and mortality – and they must transform themselves or be trapped.

Shot through with a serene intelligence, these tales enlighten and entertain in equal measure.

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Praise for Reading Madame Bovary:

“Full of riches”—Age

“high-standard, engaging and enjoyable stories” - the Australian Book Reivew

“Cool, clear, accomplished tales.”—Sunday Age

“Full of gorgeously framed images and language that begs the reader to wholly enter the lives she renders.”—Canberra Times

"Not a word out of place...Reading Madame Bovary is a pleasure to read”—Bookseller & Publisher

“Lohrey has positioned each character, crafted each setting and adopted each perspective so that from the outset, the reader can only relish the diversity and sumptuousness of the reading experience. ”—Courier Mail

"a master storyteller" - West Weekend Magazine 

“The subtle interactions between the nine stories, their open-ended dialogue with one another as well as Lohrey’s fluid, musical style makes the collection a pleasure to read, with echoes that stay teasingly in the mind.” - the Advertiser

"Compelling."—Herald Sun

Awards

Winner, Fiction Book Award - Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2011

Winner, Australian Short Story Collection Award - Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2011

Shortlisted, Margaret Scott Prize - Tasmanian Literary Prizes 2013

Interviews & Reviews

Read Amanda Lohrey’s 10 tips for writing a short story



Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey is the author of Vertigo. Her first novel was The Morality of Gentlemen, published in 1984. It was followed by The Reading Group and then Camille's Bread, winner of the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal and a Victorian Premier's Literary Award in 1996. She is also the author of two Quarterly Essays, 'Groundswell' and 'Voting for Jesus'.

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