Author(s): Georgia Blain
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 CHRISTINA STEAD PRIZE FOR FICTION IN THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2014 KIBBLE LITERARY AWARD
In these thirteen short stories, Georgia Blain examines human nature in all its richness: our motivations, our desires and our shortcomings. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges -- their longings and failures exerting a subterranean pull on the women in their lives. In 'The Secret Lives of Men', a woman revisits her hometown and learns a long-held secret about her first boyfriend. In 'The Bad Dog Park', a man's devotion to his dog ultimately forces him to confront his true hopes and fears. And in 'The Other Side of the River', we watch as a woman makes a snap decision about her life's future direction, with devastating consequences for her family. Written in Blain's trademark unadorned yet powerful prose, these stories resonate long after they are finished.
The Secret Lives of Men is an exceptional collection by one of Australia's leading writers.
PRAISE FOR GEORGIA BLAIN
'[A] skilled, disenchanted reckoning of the way we live now.' The Saturday Age
'Richly imagined characters ... told with lovely restraint. The authenticity of the writing is such that you feel you are standing in the shoes of these characters whose lives are at a particularly intense point' The Herald Sun
"Many adjectives have been used to describe Georgia Blain's work, including evocative, powerful, atmospheric, haunting, rich, thought-provoking, skilful, uncompromising and finely detailed--all of which apply to this collection of short stories." "--Bookseller & Publisher"
Georgia Blain has published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories and a memoir. Her first novel was the bestselling Closed For Winter, which was made into a feature film. She has been shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW and SA Premier's Literary Awards, and the Nita B. Kibble Award for her memoir Births, Deaths and Marriages. Georgia's most recent works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home and YA novel Darkwater. In 2016 she will publish Between a Wolf and a Dog (Scribe) and Special (Random House Australia), a peculative fiction novel that explores science, technology and commerce and how they could affect our lives in the near future. She lives in Sydney, where she works full-time as a writer.