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By Amanda Lohrey

I woke with a puff. And lay in the dead of night, open-mouthed, retaining my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling used to be indescribable. For a second I had felt as though I have been falling . . . falling into bliss.

All his lifestyles, Richard Kline has been haunted by means of a feeling that whatever is missing. He envies the convenience with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into center age, Richard grows offended, cynical, depressed.

But then a wierd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He unearths himself on a quest, nearly opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered due to the fact adolescence. From prescription drugs to New Age cures to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the quest for which means in modern-day world.

This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the paranormal and our very human longing for anything extra. it truly is hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's most interesting providing but - a pilgrim's growth for the the following and now.

Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes

Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize

‘Lohrey’s language in the course of the novel is a searing pride … with out patronising, disparaging or changing into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a major guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age

‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a stability of speed and a commanding sort with a purpose to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in conserving us suspended within the cocoon of an idea – “Is this all there is?’ – a question that hums out and in of our personal lives through the day, yet which could unexpectedly ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper

‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian ebook Review

Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once presented the Patrick White Literary Award.

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