Author(s): Amanda Lohrey
Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence. There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it--to find a way out of her quandary--Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past. The Labyrinthis a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.
MATILDA BOOKSHOP REVIEW
We meet Erica, a single mother in a state of grief, just as she has moved into a humble seaside shack to be closer to her son Daniel who is serving a life sentence in prison. Theirs is a fraught relationship built on deep love but steeped in guilt and denial. Inspired by her childhood memories, Erica starts to carefully plan and construct a labyrinth in her backyard. With the help from others from the small seaside community, the creation of the earthy labyrinth becomes a source of hope, restoration and redemption. This is a quiet, confident novel that is hypnotic in its' simplicity. Kim