A jewel of a novel by New York Times bestselling author Claire Messud
A Dream Life
by Claire Messud
“A perfect frolic of a book, puffed on breezes of beauty and wit: it waltzes you through a little fear, a little darkness, and tips you out, refreshed and laughing, into the sun.” Helen Garner
When the Armstrong family moves from New York at the dawn of the 1970s, Australia feels, to Alice Armstrong, like the end of the earth. Residing in a grand manor on the glittering Sydney Harbour, her family finds their life has turned upside down. As she navigates this strange new world, Alice must find a way to weave an existence from its shimmering mirage.
Lies and self-deception are at the heart of this keenly observed story. This is a sharp, biting and playful tale with a cast of unscrupulous characters adrift in a dream life of their own making.
Written with the characteristic delicacy of touch, humour and emotional insight that makes Claire Messud one of our greatest writers.
“Witty, arch and acutely observed, A Dream Life expertly captures the excruciating insecurities of class in our supposedly classless society.” Geraldine Brooks
“A novelist of unnerving talent.” The New York Times
“[Claire Messud is] among our greatest contemporary writers.” The New YorkerPre-Order on Booktopia
A love letter to Paris. A meditation on community and the beauty of observing others.
No. 91/92: A Parisian Bus Diary
by Lauren Elkin
Your telephone is precious. It may be envied. We recommend vigilance when using it in public. — Paris bus public notice
In Autumn 2014 Lauren Elkin began keeping a diary of her bus commutes in the Notes app on her iPhone 5c, using it to take in the world around her. During that year, the Charlie Hebdo attacks occurred and Lauren had an ectopic pregnancy, requiring emergency surgery. At that point, her diary of dailiness became a study of how we digest major events personally and collectively as a city, observed from the height of the bus.
No. 91/92 is a love letter to Paris and a meditation on how it has changed in the two decades the author has lived there. It’s a celebration of community and a time when we could all observe each other in our fleshy up-closeness.
“Lauren Elkin’s commuter buses comprise a world where all existential concerns are present — the embodied self, the individual in society, and the bond of casual community … confronting all that it means to be human.” Sarah Manguso
“This is poetry in motion, the ordinary made extraordinary through Elkin’s practice of noticing … a chapbook for something holy” Ceridwen Dovey
“I absolutely love this book, each page radiates a heightened attunement to the city.” Laura Grace FordPre-Order on Booktopia
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