A Perfect Square
On a winter's day in the Dandenongs, Victoria, pianist Ginny returns home to stay with her eccentric mother and artist, Harriet. Consumed by disturbing dreams, speculations and remembering, she tries to prise from her mother the truth concerning her father's disappearance and why, when she was seven, Harriet abducted her. In an effort to distract her daughter's interrogations, Harriet proposes they collaborate on an exhibition of paintings and songs. Meanwhile, on the edge of Dartmoor, Judith paints landscapes of the Australian Outback to soothe her troubled mind. Her wayward daughter, Madeleine, has returned home and she's filled the house with darkness. Her father doesn't want to know her. Judith wishes he did. When at last she forces the two to meet she breathes a sigh of relief.Back in Australia, Ginny is poised to fly to England in search of the truth when she receives some earth-shattering news.A novel brimming with mystery, intrigue, creativity, art and the occult.
- Paperback | 270 pages
- 140 x 216 x 15.49mm | 349.27g
- 29 Aug 2016
- Odyssey Books
- Fyshwick, ACT, Australia
"Similar to Kandinsky's brush that flawlessly moves from concrete to abstract, and from material to spiritual, A Perfect Square delicately blends family romance, art history, esoteric theories, and human drama as it traces the main protagonist's search for her father that imperceptibly becomes the search for wisdom and transcendence." Vladimir Golstein, Professor of Russian literature, Browns University, NY. "Across two continents, two sets of mothers and daughters are united by a dark mystery. A Perfect Square is a fine novel about the power of art to heal, and to disturb." David Whish Wilson, author of Zero at the Bone.
About Isobel Blackthorn
Isobel Blackthorn is a novelist, book reviewer and English tutor. She creates compelling and intelligent stories drawing on her rich and varied life. She holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and the occult features in all of her writing. In her works published with Odyssey Books, Isobel gives voice to her lighter side, with tales set on the exotic Canary Islands, in the exquisite forests of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, and in the old Colonial town of Fremantle in Western Australia. Isobel is the author of the novels Asylum (2015), The Drago Tree (2015) and A Perfect Square (2016) and the short story collection All Because of You (2016), all released by Odyssey Books. Isobel also writes dark fiction. Her novels, The Cabin Sessions (2017) and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks (2018) are both released by HellBound Books. Isobel regularly speaks on radio and is an excellent public speaker. In 2017 Isobel was short-listed for a prestigious writing fellow fellowship with the National Library of Australia, for a work based on the Theosophical Society. Isobel has been awarded a mentorship with the Australasian Horror Writers Association to co-edit a 2018 issue of their magazine, Midnight Echo.