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Olivia arrives at her mother's chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia's brother Marcus and his wife Sophie?but this reunion is far from joyful. After years of desperately wanting a baby, Sophie has just given birth to a stillborn child, and she is struggling to overcome her devastation. Meanwhile, Olivia wrestles with her own secrets about the cruel and violent man she married many years before. Exquisitely written and reminiscent of Ian McEwan and J. M. Coetzee, "Disquiet" is a darkly beautiful and atmospheric story that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 129.54 x 175.26 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 014311350X
  • 9780143113508
  • 436,593

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aA powerful and disquieting novella, a work of fiction so infused with the practices of film that, while each scene is fully and even vividly realized in words, it also translates quite naturally into film, into a visually rich action taking place before the inner eye.a
aJ. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace"
aThis is a writer with terrifying control of the dreamscape. And, yes, those are the ones to watch out for.a
a "The Los Angeles Times"
aIan McEwanas Atonement comes to mindabut Leigh has a hypnotic power all her own.a
aHypnotica]Leigh sustains the tension between life and death until the very end. It's difficult to imagine a reader who will not be electrified by this haunting, masterfully told story. Indeed, it's difficult to imagine a reader who will not be changed by it.a
a "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
aArtfully fulfilling the promise a or threat a of its title, the tale exudes a chill moonlight beauty, a tribute to the finesse of its author, Julia Leigh.a
a"The Boston Globe"
a[Leighas] mentor was the Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, and this gothic little book is the result of that pairing.a
a"NY Times"
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About Julia Leigh

Julia Leigh was born in Sydney, Australia. Her writing has been compared to Melville and Conrad (San Francisco Chronicle), and she was included in the London Observer's list of 21 writers for the 21st century.
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1,591 ratings
3.14 out of 5 stars
5 10% (152)
4 28% (438)
3 37% (589)
2 19% (305)
1 7% (107)
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