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Our Shadows


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A sweeping intergenerational novel from 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award winner Gail Jones.

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Gail Jones is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her work has been translated into twelve languages, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the IMPAC Award and the Prix Femina tranger. The Death of Noah Glass won the Prime Minister's Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction.


'An oblique and poetic novel...a vivid, unsettling study of mortality.' * Sunday Times on The Death of Noah Glass *
'Weaving together multiple narratives...the novel sketches a family portrait full of love, loss, and regret.' * Kirkus on The Death of Noah Glass *
'An intellectually strenuous entertainment concerned with the nature and loss of senses, of filial obligations and their cost, of the vertiginous role of chance...another rich and accomplished work. ' * Sydney Morning Herald on The Death of Noah Glass *
'A beautifully written and finely imagined novel.' * Weekly Times *
'Gail Jones's new novel, Our Shadows, provides readers with another virtuoso performance, showing a writer fully in control of her medium. It is a poetic and beautifully crafted evocation of shadowy pasts whose traumatic effects (in the world and in individual lives) stretch deep into the present and the future.' * Australian Book Review *
'Gail Jones deftly and sensitively brings together these disparate stories into a meditation on grief, loss, estrangement, identity and, strangely enough, mining and underground rescue. The concepts and feelings tackled here are beautifully universal, but told in a context that is uniquely Australian. Jones's novel is an inventive blend of contemporary and historical fiction, real and imagined characters. This is required reading for anyone interested in the state of literary fiction in Australia today.' * Readings *
'When lists are made of the great novels of the Australian landscape, [Our Shadows] deserves to be among them.' * Australian *
'Gail Jones is a thoughtful, accomplished writer whose work speaks for itself...Praised for her precise, incisive observations, Jones's writing frequently offers nuanced reflections on the cultural state of Australia as well as quiet revelations about the lives of her characters. Our Shadows is no exception...written like the wave that haunts its imaginative landscape, ebbing and flowing from past generations to the present and back again.' * Guardian *
'A narrative poised between celebration and condemnation, exploring the space between individual experience and broader societal forces-between fixed historical record and a future still in formation. It is a story that balances, delicately but with intense concentration and craft, the symbolic potency of mining with an account of ordinary lives shaped by daily intimacy with the industry.' * Geordie Williamson, Saturday Paper *
'A kaleidoscopic, multi-vocal story about the ways we remember and forget the past...Expansive and intimate, intricate and richly textured, with a deep interest in the workings of memory within families as they relate to the historical legacies of people and nations.' * West Australian *
'Jones's writing is magnificent, and there are many lines in this book which hint at larger truths. It is a book to be read again and again and again.' * AU Review *
'Touching on love, illness and grief, it is hauntingly beautiful.' * Good Weekend *

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