The dazzling new novel from Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel, bestseller and winner of the Miles Franklin Award.
Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.
Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Céleste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.
Profoundly moving as well as wickedly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.
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The Life To Come
The writing is beautiful but the author digresses constantly to go into elaborate descriptions of passing figures (you couldn't even call them characters because they have no relevance). The stories have too many characters and skip too quickly between countries and periods to the extent that much of the time I couldn't figure out which country or era we were in. Just so many characters that when I recommenced listening the next day, I couldn't recognise the person they were talking about. Just too confusing. I don't know if the book version has a list with the cast of characters in the front but I definitely could have done with it. There were some lovely and funny metaphors, but once again just too many.