Description - Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
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 anxieties of the middle class- loneliness, relationships, death. 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 fall in love again. Meanwhile, April is struggling through her own directionless life; Lawrence's reckless past decisions are catching up with him; and Ester and April's mother, Hilary, is about to make a choice that will profoundly affect then all.
Taking place largely 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 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 tribute to the beauty of being alive.
'Blain just gets better and better. The clarity, warmth and precision of Between a Wolf and a Dog brings to mind the formal beauty of an exquisitely cut gemstone. Blain looks at the big questions - mortality, grief, forgiveness - through the lens of one family's everyday struggle to love each other. This portrait of marriage and work, of sisterhood, mothers, and daughters is resolute and clear-eyed; so commanding and beautifully written it made me cry.'
- Charlotte Wood, author of The Natural Way of Things
' A beautifully tender exploration of the complications of family love, self-knowledge, and the struggle for forgiveness.'
- Gail Jones, author of A Guide to Berlin
'What a marvellously clear eye Georgia Blain has for the ways in which we love and harm one another . . . a remarkable book.'
- Michelle de Kretser
'Between a Wolf and a Dog is an elegantly told story describing the ambiguities within human relationships. Each evening, when my children slept, I would enter the world of this book - coming to know a flawed, courageous, and creative family of characters, as they struggled to be good, to be whole, and finally, to let go.'
- Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep
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Author Biography - Georgia Blain
Georgia Blain was born in Sydney's northern beaches in 1964. At the age of fourteen, with the family belongings packed into a station wagon, she moved to Adelaide, where she spent her formative years in the beach-side suburb of Adelaide, Grange Beach. She has worked in a variety of occupations, as a copyright lawyer and a journalist, and she also has experience working with artists. When writing her acclaimed first novel, Closed for Winter, Georgia drew on her life experiences for inspiration to create an evocative and powerfully atmospheric work. She is currently writing a second novel at home in Sydney. Georgia Blain's previous novels are Closed for Winter (1998) and Candelo (1999). She lives in Sydney with her partner and daughter.
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