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By Amanda Lohrey

I woke with a puff. And lay at nighttime, open-mouthed, preserving my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling was once indescribable. For a second I had felt as though I have been falling . . . falling into bliss.

All his existence, Richard Kline has been haunted by way of a feeling that anything is missing. He envies the convenience with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into heart age, Richard grows offended, cynical, depressed.

But then a wierd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He reveals himself on a quest, virtually opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered due to the fact that adolescence. From prescribed drugs to New Age cures to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the quest for that means in present day world.

This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human longing for whatever extra. it's hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's best providing but - a pilgrim's development for the right here and now.

Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes

Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize

‘Lohrey’s language through the novel is a searing satisfaction … with out patronising, disparaging or changing into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a significant guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age

‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a stability of speed and a commanding kind as a way to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in retaining us suspended within the cocoon of an concept – “Is this all there is?’ – a query that hums out and in of our personal lives throughout the day, yet that may without warning ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper

‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian ebook Review

Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once offered the Patrick White Literary Award.

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