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A hundred small lessons : a novel

by Hay, Ashley (Author)

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"From the author of the highly acclaimed The Railwayman's Wife, called a "literary and literate gem" by Psychology Today, comes an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives. When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane h... Full description

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Summary: "From the author of the highly acclaimed The Railwayman's Wife, called a "literary and literate gem" by Psychology Today, comes an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives. When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie's life with Lucy. In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life--the moments she can't bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy. Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families' stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her "lyrical prose, poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery" (RT magazine) to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human"--
Item Description: "Originally published in Australia in 2017 by Allen & Unwin."--Title page verso.
Physical Description: 288 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781501165139
1501165135
9781501165146
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Author Notes: Ashley Hay is an Australian author of fiction and nonfiction. She has written over twenty-five essays and short stories. In 2016, she won the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her work, The forest at the edge of time. It was first published in the Australian Book Review and will also be included in the anthology The Best Australian Science Writing 2016. Her novels include The Railwayman's Wife which won the 2013 Colin Roderick Prize and the People's Choice Award at the 2014 NSW Premier's Prize, The Body in the Clouds, and A Hundred Small Lessons. Her nonfiction books include Museum (with Robyn Stacey), Herbarium (with Robyn Syacey), Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions, and The Secret: The Strange Marriage of Annabella Milbanke and Lord Byron. She was the editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2014.

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