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  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143779445
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Narrator: Anna Skellern
  • RRP: $32.99

Faithless




A passionate love story and an honest depiction of the self-deceptions we pursue seeking family and attachment.

‘Sometimes, Max, I imagine that I see you in her. Not in the sense of any physical inheritance, but a fleeting essence. Something wary and remote. Haunted, you might say. Though her ghosts are not yours.’Set between India and England, Faithless is the story of Cressida, a writer and translator, and her consuming love for Max, an enigmatic older writer – and married man.
Cressida’s passion for Max engulfs her from the first giddy rush of sensation when she is eighteen and meets him in the mountains of southern India. It is a desire so potent it delivers great stunning blows to her heart. And yet she can share it with almost no one.
Then Cressida meets Leo, and she is forced to choose: between a life of passion or a desire for some peace of mind; between her romantic idealism and the possibility of a steadier, attainable happiness.
As the years unfold with both these men, a fragile young child, Flora, also finds her way into Cressida’s life and heart, and it is Flora who forces Cressida to confront her own capacity for love and deception, and to accept the compromises life forces on us; the lies we tell in service of those things we cannot live without.
Faithless is a passionate love story and a profound reflection on the nuances of attachment, the nature of desire, the different connections and relationships that sustain us, and the ways that we deceive ourselves and others in the hope that, finally, we can reach stumblingly towards one another.

  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143779445
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Narrator: Anna Skellern
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Alice Nelson

After university in Australia, Alice Nelson lived and worked in Harlem. While studying in New York, she worked at a non-profit agency run by an order of nuns as a case worker with refugee and undocumented migrant families. Alice was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists for her first novel, The Last Sky. The novel also won the TAG Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors’ Barbara Jefferis Award and for The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.

Alice's second novel, The Children's House, was published in Australia and France. Alice’s short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The Sydney Review of Books, The Asia Literary Review, Southerly Magazine and the West Australian Newspaper.

Alice now lives in Perth.

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Praise for Faithless

Faithless is a remarkable story about love, literature, family, mortality and that which survives mortality, among other profound human experiences. All the more remarkable: it’s written in such vivid, luminous prose that I found myself reading ever more slowly, lest I fail to savour any of its countless brilliant lines. It’s a significant accomplishment.

Michael Cunningham

Faithless is a meditation on devotion and concealment, not only the concealments of clandestine lovers, but larger evasions of history and inheritance. In the end one unexpected attachment holds firm and this story of faith and determination will charm and captivate readers.

Brenda Walker

A ferociously original and absorbing tale. Nelson’s prose is both poetic and poignant.

Leah Kaminsky

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