Barking Dogs

Barking Dogs

by Rebekah Clarkson

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2017

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Everybody thinks they know this story. But do they really?

If you took a bird’s-eye view of Mount Barker, you’d see ordinary Australians living on their ordinary suburban blocks in an ordinary regional town. Get closer. Peer through a window. You might see Nathan Long, obsessively recording the incessant bark of a neighbourhood dog, or the Wheeler family sitting down for a meal and trying to come to terms with a shocking discovery. If you listen, you may hear tales of fathers and their wayward sons, of widows who can’t forgive themselves, of children longed for and lost, of thwarted lust and of pure, incorruptible love. Within the shadows is an unspeakable crime.

Rebekah Clarkson has created a compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia. What looked like redemption is now profound loss. What seemed spiteful can now be forgiven.

ISBN:
9781925475494
9781925475494
Category:
Short stories
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2017
Publisher:
Affirm Press
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
212x137mm
Weight:
0.26kg
Rebekah Clarkson

Rebekah Clarkson’s short stories have been published widely, most recently in Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review, and Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding short stories by Australian women published by Black Inc.

She won and was runner up in the HQ/Varuna short story competition and a number of her stories have been recognized in major awards in Australia and overseas, including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Fish Publishing Short Story Prize, Glimmer Train and the Carmel Bird Long Story Award.

She has a BA in Aboriginal Studies and an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, where she works as a sessional academic and tutor in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.

She has taught Fiction Writing at the University of Texas at Austin and runs creative writing workshops for adults and children at Writers’ Centres and libraries. Affirm Press will publish her novel-in-stories, ‘Barking Dogs’, in February 2017.

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