An Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace 1

by Krissy Kneen

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 27/02/2017

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From one of Australia's most daring literary voices, An Uncertain Grace is a moving, insightful and imaginative exploration of gender and sexual politics.

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her - and when he has lived it, he will understand how.


A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal but there is still the problem of love.

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are our best and worst selves, our innermost selves and who we might become.

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Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of the memoir Affection (Text Publishing Australia 2009 and Seal Press USA 2010) which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Literary Award in the non-fiction category, and the 2010 ABIA awards for Biography, Triptych: An Erotic Adventure (Text 2011) and the literary fiction novel Steeplechase (Text 2013).

In 2014 she won the prestigious Thomas Shapcott award for poetry for her collection, Eating My Grandmother. Her novel Holly's Incredible Adventures in the Sex Machine will also be published by Text in 2015.

She has written and directed short films and broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television and has had short stories published in literary journals, books and magazines including Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings,, The Big Issue, Best Women's Erotica 2014, Women of Letters and The Lifted Brow.

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  • creative, a bit provocative and definitely thought

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    “Time. Something odd has happened to it. It has taken on physical form. Time rubs up against me like an invisible film, like Glad Wrap but the whole roll of it goes on and on forever. There is so much plastic wrap stretching out behind me, and in front of me, an age of it. I feel like I am trapped under an invisible film, staring out, perfectly preserved”

    An Uncertain Grace is the sixth book by Australian poet, television director and author, Krissy Kneen. It consists of five separate short stories, each of which is narrated by a different person; all are loosely linked by certain themes and by the last narrator, who has a role in the first four stories. This is erotic fiction, and sex is a prominent feature of each story, so readers should be prepared for explicit descriptions. Advances in technology, medicine and surgery, as well as a flooded state capital, anchor the stories firmly in some future time.

    Kneen’s tales are original and very imaginative: a (lecherous) university lecturer whose former student (and lover) sends him a memoir with a difference, one from which he experiences their relationship from her perspective; a sex offender undergoing experimental treatment to change the nature of his desires; an android boy created solely to study paedophile tendencies; a young woman in the process of transforming into an ungendered state; and an old woman whose consciousness is electronically captured when her body finally fails, exploring a new relationship.

    Kneen’s descriptive prose is gorgeous; her stories are clever and interesting; her speculation on the future state is, despite the jellyfish, not the least bit whacky, but instead, quite credible. Kneen’s latest oeuvre is creative, a bit provocative and definitely thought-provoking.