World Beneath

World Beneath


By (author) Cate Kennedy

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 206mm x 30mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 17 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802170714
  • ISBN 13: 9780802170712
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 39,281

Product description

The first novel from acclaimed author Kennedy is a compassionate and unswerving portrait of a broken family whose members go to extraordinary lengths to reclaim their lives and relationships from the mistakes of the past.

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Author information

Cate Kennedy's short story collection "Dark Roots," was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and first serialized in "The New Yorker." She lives in Victoria, Australia.

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"A thoughtful debut novel reminiscent of Hornby . . . Well-observed and thoughtfully funny . . . Life, Kennedy suggests, is largely resistant to our schemes and resolutions. Faced with the realities of both the natural world and our thorny personal relationships, we need more than good intentions."--"Minneapolis Star-Tribune " "Kennedy evokes a more lyrical version of Jodi Picoult . . . hitting the reader with raw, heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious prose. . . . A wise and graceful debut novel . . . Kennedy is an author to watch."--"Library Journal" "A very effective blend of social comedy and lyrically precise naturalism. . . . Kennedy writes like an Antipodean Anne Tyler, wryly aware of the heart's internal contradictions yet slow to judge. Subtle allusions to the myth of Persephone add another level to this impressive tale of self-reliance and self-delusion."--"Financial Times" "In elegant, fluidly written prose, Kennedy not only delivers scathing portraits of the ineffectual adults and the times that shaped them, but also makes the epic wilderness another vividly rendered character in the story. A gripping debut."--"Booklist" (starred review) "The pitfalls of nostalgia and the disappointment of everyday life contrast sharply with the ravishing Tasmanian landscapes Kennedy is excellent at painting, along with interpersonal terrain."--"Publishers Weekly" "Kennedy's wilderness is the freezing, rain-soaked Tasmanian mountains, with their blazing red fagus trees and bizarre, secretive wildlife. It's a bewildering heart of darkness. . . . [A] bracing, unsentimental, and often very funny full-length debut . . . [that follows] the spiky, uncompromising Sophie, forced to find reserves of strength and forgiveness for her two infuriatingly childlike parents."--"The Guardian" (UK) "Cate Kennedy, celebrated for her short fiction, this year began her long-distance career with "The World Beneath." To my mind, she enters the stadium a h