Animal People

Animal People by Charlotte Wood


ISBN
9781743311844
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
280
Dimensions
128 x 198mm

'...a compelling and ultimately moving novel that cements Wood's place as one of the most intelligent and compassionate novelists in Australia.' Angela Meyer

Acclaimed novelist Charlotte Wood takes a character from her bestselling book The Children and turns her unflinching gaze on him and his world in her extraordinary novel, Animal People. Set in Sydney over a single day, Animal People traces a watershed day in the life of Stephen, aimless, unhappy, unfulfilled - and without a clue as to how to make his life better. His dead-end job, his demanding family, his oppressive feelings for Fiona and the pitiless city itself ... the great weight of it all threatens to come crashing down on him. The day will bring untold surprises and disasters, but will also show him - perhaps too late - that only love can set him free.
Sharply observed, hilarious, tender and heartbreaking, Animal People is a portrait of urban life, a meditation on the conflicted nature of human-animal relationships, and a masterpiece of storytelling. Filled with shocks of recognition and revelation, it shows a writer of great depth and compassion at work.

'Animal People is not a long novel. It follows one man as he makes his way through a single day. But even so, within these pages Wood examines some of the loudest issues of our time -- terrorism, materialism, social inequality, social welfare, animal cruelty, isolation-and the quietest -- love, despair, commitment, loneliness, honesty. In brief, her little novel stalks the greatest of subjects, the human condition. How we live, how we love and how we communicate. And she does so with prose that is spare, considered, beautiful and graceful ... Who can I recommend Animal People to? The answer is -- You. So, let me end by saying -- I really recommend that you read Animal People.'
John Purcell.
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