Published: October 2017
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'I think what Darren's really good at, is that he sort of understands other people. Sometimes, even if I don't say anything, he seems to know what I'm feeling anyway.'
Cassie's face lit up. 'Yes,' she said. 'That's what I think too. That's exactly what I think...'
ROLAND lives with his parents, Graham and Joyce, and his younger sister, Lily, in the golden light of an outer suburb-- Glenella. He dreams of escaping, of finding an intoxicating life somewhere else.
He is in love with Cassie Noble, the daughter of his parents' friends Reg and Colleen. But when Darren Wilson moves into the neighbourhood and attracts the interest of both teens, a conflict emerges that threatens the friendship between the two families.
Following his acclaimed debut, The Vintage and the Gleaning, Jeremy Chambers' new novel, Suburbia, is a revelation: a coming-of-age drama about the end of innocence set in a hidden world of paling fences and fragrant lawns, amid the flickering light of memory and desire.
Jeremy Chambers' first novel, The Vintage and the Gleaning, was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the Colin Roderick Award and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Quebec Booksellers' Award. His short fiction has been published in Griffith REVIEW, Higher Arc, Review of Australian Fictionand The White Review.
'The author's achievement is to paint the neon-hued, big-haired, acid-washed landscape of the 80s in Australia wth Heidelberg School exquisiteness, and in doing so he brings an oddly formal, grave, elegiac air to a moment and a world that seems shallow and silly in retrospect...the effect can be miraculous, a transfiguration of the commonplace.' Australian
'Chambers's writing feels fresh and his descriptive language renders Glenella in sombre beauty.' Books+Publishing
'Suburbia, Chambers's second novel after the much-praised The Vintage and the Gleaning, adds another voice to a welcome wave of Australian fiction that re-evaluates family life at the end of the 20th century, a time just close enough to make readers feel rather uncomfortable without quite causing us to look away.' Saturday Paper
'This is one of the most irresistible novels I've read in a long time. The writing is powerful, challenging and utterly authentic. I feel as if I've been waiting for years to read this strangely beguiling novel.' Alex Miller on The Vintage and the Gleaning.
'A truly miraculous writer.' Les Echoson The Vintage and the Gleaning
'A highly accomplished and rewarding work.' Australian Bookseller + Publisher onThe Vintage and the Gleaning
'Chambers' understated account of a retired sheep shearer in a small Australian town deserves a wide readership...The rhythms of this life, the work, the terse banter among the men, and the relentless desperation...are economically conveyed...and the descriptions of ghost gums, the malignancy of circling crows and the omnipresent bleached, exhausted landscape are superb.' Guardianon The Vintage and the Gleaning
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