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The Performance

The Performance

by Claire Thomas
Hardback
Publication Date: 15/04/2021
 

A SYDNEY MORNING HERALD AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2021'

'A tour de force... I can't recommend this too highly'
Patrick Gale

'A potent meditation on the intensity of women's lives'
Charlotte Wood, author of The Weekend

'
I loved and admired The Performance... Unmissable'
Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

'Thomas writes these women with such wisdom and compassion, that by the end we are all transformed'
Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

'An intimate, intensely brooding novel. Thomas gently questions the certainties of modern life that so many of us take for granted'
Guinevere Glasfurd, author of The Year Without Summer

'Read it as soon as you possibly can'
Emily Bitto, author of The Strays


The false cold of the theatre makes it hard to imagine the heavy wind outside in the real world, the ash air pressing onto the city from the nearby hills where bushfires are taking hold.
The house lights lower.
The auditorium feels hopeful in the darkness.

As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of a Beckett play.
Margot is a successful professor, preoccupied by her fraught relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy is a philanthropist with a troubled past, distracted by the snoring man beside her. Summer is a young theatre usher, anxious about the safety of her girlfriend in the fire zone.
As the performance unfolds, so does each woman's story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage.

ISBN:
9781474616980
9781474616980
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
15-04-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
220x140x32mm
Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas is a Melbourne writer. Her acclaimed first novel was Fugitive Blue, which won the Dobbie Award for women writers, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Claire holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne where she teaches literary studies and creative writing.

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