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Title: Strays, The
Authors: Bitto, Emily
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 290
Year: 2014
Publisher: Affirm Press
Language: English
Description: As the only child of conventional parents, Lily is drawn to the flamboyant lifestyle of her best friend Eva's family. The Trenthams were avant-garde artists, hosts of a bohemian community who actively rejected the conservatism of 1930s Melbourne. Now 40 years later as they come together for a retrospective exhibition, Lily examines the events of the past when Evan and Helene Trentham's spectacular neglect of their children set in motion dramatic events whose repercussions are still being felt.

Loosely based on Melbourne's Heide Circle artists' colony, this is a beautifully crafted award-winning novel of substance that chronicles the rise and fall of a family and the price to be paid for the creative life.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Easy to read, engaging characters, and poetic language. I enjoyed it very much."

"A fascinating and beautifully crafted story loosely based on the real life Melbourne artists' colony in the 1930s."

"I really liked the author's writing style and the voice of the narrator."

"There are some wonderful metaphors."

"A well-crafted book that is immediately engaging."

"I liked the story itself and the characters are complex and well-drawn."
Categories: Fiction, The Arts, Family Saga, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Australia, 2019 Titles

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