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  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864711776
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99
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Too Close To Home




Shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferiss Award. Too Close To Home takes us right inside who we really are.

Shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferiss Award. Too Close To Home takes us right inside who we really are.

How tenuous the links are that build a life.

Freya writes uncomfortable domestic dramas. Her friends work in theatre and film, show in galleries, talk politics and are trying new ways of having children with friends. These are the people who are slowly gentrifying the next ring of inner-city suburbs while praising their diversity.

As the stultifying heat of summer descends, Shane, an Aboriginal man, moves up the road. He was once close to Matt, Freya's partner, and he not only brings with him a different approach to life, he also has news of a boy who might be Matt's son. Despite wanting to embrace all that Shane represents and the possibility of another child in their life, Freya and Matt stumble, failing each other and their beliefs.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864711776
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Georgia Blain

Georgia Blain published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories, and a memoir. Her first novel was the bestselling Closed for Winter, which was made into a feature film. Her books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW, Victorian, and SA Premiers' Literary Awards, the ALS Gold Medal, the Stella Prize, and the Nita B. Kibble Award for her memoir Births Deaths Marriages. Georgia's works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home, and the YA novel Darkwater. In 2016, Georgia published Between a Wolf and a Dog and the YA novel Special (Penguin Random House Australia). Between a Wolf and a Dog< was="" shortlisted="" for="" the="" 2017="" stella="" prize,="" and="" was="" awarded="" the="" 2017="" victorian="" premier’s="" literary="" award="" for="" fiction="" and="" the="" 2016="" queensland="" literary="" award="" for="" fiction.="" georgia="" passed="" away="" in="" december="">

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Praise for Too Close To Home

“Too Close to Home, like its inner suburban setting, appears at first to be relaxed and unassuming, but what begins as a gentle undertow increases to unrelenting pressure. Blain is as comfortable with the domestic as she is with the political: whether writing intimacy or broad social tableaux, she is spot on. The atmosphere of Sydney's inner suburbs is beautifully evoked: you can smell the cut grass, hear the dogs barking. In spare effortless prose, Blain weaves a tightening noose of trouble and uncertainty, leaving you haunted long after the final page.”

Fiona McGregor

“Georgia Blain has the gift of clarity: in how she sees, and how she writes. After reading this perfectly crafted novel, I felt I was seeing a familiar world with a new set of eyes.”

Malcolm Knox

“Set in a shifting political landscape, where moral and ethical values are also blurred, this story of a family's unexpected dilemma resonates deeply. Georgia Blain examines the anxieties of a generation that has had so much, yet still lacks confidence, and trust. Her style is subtle but the story builds up a drama that compels us until the final page. Too Close To Home is almost too close to home: these flawed and fallible characters are people just like us.”

Debra Adelaide

“Her work is poised - and posed. Here is suburban life with its tremors of child-rearing and possible adultery. Be assured Too Close To Home is coming to a reading group near you.”

Peter Pierce, The Age

“Blain achieves a considerable amount. Characters and the crisis these characters precipitate is well crafted and well handled.”

Dorothy Johnston, The Sydney Morning Herald

“Blain writes of friendship and prejudice within a certain demographic strata. Must read.”

Lucy Sussex, The Sunday Telegraph

“Georgia Blain has crafted a page-turning story of a generation and a time in Australia's history that will deeply resonate with anyone in their 30s or 40s. Blain has created an excellent work of fiction and years from now people will read this novel to understand life in Sydney during this time.”

Germaine Leece, Good Reading

“Too Close To Home, like its inner-suburban setting, appears at first to be relaxed and unassuming, but what begins as a gentle undertow increases to unrelenting pressure.”

Border Mail

“In this sublime Australian novel, author Blain seamlessly crafts a contemporary tale in which one family's apparent domestic bliss is rocked by the arrival of an Aboriginal man with startling news. As the Rudd government implodes, Matt, Freya and daughter Ella suddenly are on equally unstable ground.”

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

“Blain has written an absorbing tale that never takes the easy way out, relentlessly disassembling her likeable protagonist's comfortable life.”

Who

“Blain has written a thoughtful novel with much to admire.”

Lucy Sussex, Sunday Age

“Blain's return to literary fiction is re-energised by this new emphasis on affect and impulse. Hers is the pep that comes from having an opposing view.”

Melinda Harvey, ABR

“The novel is peppered with provocative and interesting observations and ideas.”

Felicity Plunkett, The Canberra Times

“I finished reading Too Close To Home last night and just wanted to let you both know how much I loved it! What an effortless writer Georgia is and she captures the characters self doubt and fears so well. I felt that I was just observing a group of friends, through a mirror - almost with them, but just on the edge of the circle. I hope this gets widely reviewed. It certainly deserves high praise.”

Stef Hoy

“Confronting us with our own world, Georgia Blain gives us no safe distance.”

Susan Stevenson, Readings Malvern


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