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


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

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Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey is the author of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, as well as the award-winning short story collection Reading Madame Bovary. She has also written two Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.