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Stories of modern, urban tribes.

Stories of modern, urban tribes.

In some ways, the people in these stories are a tribe - a modern, urban tribe - which does not fully recognise itself as such. Some of the people are central members of the tribe while others are hermits who live on the fringe. The shared environment is both internal - anxieties, pleasures and confusions - and external - the houses, streets, hotels and experiences. The central dilemma is that of giving birth, of creating new life.

The experiences of the inner city ambience are shown through stories of growing up, leaving home, coming to the city from the country, or returning there; first love affairs, hetero- or homosexual; and finding a peer group, a life style, an ideology, and the anti-ideology of Libertarianism.


The most important collection of stories we have had for a long time.

Peter Cowan, Westerly

An impressionistic account of young rebels against suburban conformity, lovers, homosexuals, and intellectuals confronting the problems of individual integrity and crises in their relationships.

Brian Kiernan, The Australian

Moorhouse has moved into a whole new area of material, of experience, of sensibility for Australian fiction.

Michael Wilding, Southerly

Moorhouse is living Sydney, trying to make a living by writing. God help him. If he does not make it then there is just no hope for the creative life in Australia. He is an exciting talent.

John Miles, The Adelaide Advertiser

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    October 26, 2011

    Random House Australia

    240 pages

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    February 1, 2008

    Vintage Australia

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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