By Amanda Lohrey

ISBN-10: 1863958150

ISBN-13: 9781863958158

I woke with a pant. And lay at the hours of darkness, open-mouthed, protecting my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling used to be indescribable. For a second I had felt as though I have been falling . . . falling into bliss.

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

But then a wierd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He unearths himself on a quest, nearly opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered due to the fact that youth. From prescribed drugs to New Age cures to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the quest for that means in cutting-edge 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 most interesting providing but - a pilgrim's development for the the following 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 pride … with no patronising, disparaging or turning into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a major guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age

‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a balance of speed and a commanding variety 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 question that hums out and in of our personal lives throughout the day, yet that could all at once ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper

‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian publication 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 presented the Patrick White Literary Award.

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