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ISBN: 9781925760262
Publisher: Transit Lounge
Published: 1 July, 2019
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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The Returns: A Novel

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Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020

Elizabeth posts a 'room for rent' noticein Trevor's bookshop and is caught off-guard when Trevor answers the ad himself. She expected a young student not a middle-aged bookseller whosemarriage has fallen apart. But Trevor is attracted to Elizabeth's house becauseof the empty shed in her backyard, the perfect space for him to revive theartistic career he abandoned years earlier. The face-blind, EH Holden-drivingElizabeth is a solitary and feisty book editor, and she accepts him, onprobation...

Miles Franklin finalist Philip Salom has agift for depicting the inner states of his characters with empathy and insight.In this poignant yet upbeat novel the past keeps returning in the mostunexpected ways. Elizabeth is at the beck and call of her ageing mother, andthe associated memories of her childhood in a Rajneesh community. Trevor'sPolish father disappeared when Trevor was fifteen, and his mother died notknowing whether he was dead or alive. The authorities have declared him dead,but is he?

TheReturnsis a story about the eccentricities, failings and small triumphs that humansare capable of, a novel that pokes fun at literary and artistic pretensions,while celebrating the expansiveness of art, kindness and friendship.

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