Between a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog 1

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Writing for Fiction 2017

by Georgia Blain

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 26/04/2016

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Outside, the rain continues unceasing; silver sheets sluicing down, the trees and shrubs soaking and bedraggled, the earth sodden, puddles overflowing, torrents coursing onwards, as the darkness slowly softens with the dawn...

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to be able to let herself fall in love again. Meanwhile, April and Lawrence are battling through their own messy lives, and Ester and April's mother, Hilary, is facing the most significant decision she'll ever have to make.

Taking place over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a novel about dissatisfactions and anxieties in the face of relative privilege. Yet it is also a celebration of the best in all of us - our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous recognition of the profound beauty of being alive.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize

ISBN:
9781925321111
9781925321111
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
26-04-2016
Publisher:
Scribe Publications
Edition:
1st Edition
Pages:
320
Weight:
0.37kg
Georgia Blain

Georgia Blain published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories and a memoir. Her first novel was the bestselling Closed For Winter, which was made into a feature film.

Her books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW and SA Premier’s Literary Awards, and the Nita B. Kibble Award for her memoir Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Georgia’s most recent works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home and YA novel Darkwater.

In 2016 she published Between a Wolf and a Dog (Scribe) and Special (Random House Australia), a speculative fiction novel that explores science, technology and commerce and how they could affect our lives in the near future. She passed away in December 2016.

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  • Enormously cathartic

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    Georgia Blain returns with a haunting novel about the pain and beauty of... well, being alive really. The story shifts around the perspectives of Ester's family. She's a Melbourne psychologist who struggles with her own quiet misery as the lives of everyone close to her unravel.

    The author's soft observational prose paints this melancholy world with significance; an almost permanence where even the weather itself becomes a character in the novel (it's constantly raining and everything is described as "bedraggled " in its wake). This makes for an enchanting book that should be read with a glass of wine or a good cup of earl grey close at hand.