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Publisher Description

Why is a massive bridge being built to connect the sleepy island of Bruny with the mainland of Tasmania? And why have terrorists blown it up? 

When the Bruny bridge is bombed, UN troubleshooter Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, her mother is fading and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go. 

Bruny is a searing, subversive novel about family, love,loyalty and the new world order. It is a gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist, a love story, a cry from the heart and a fiercely entertaining and crucial work of imagination that asks the burning question: what would you do to protect the place you love? 

Praise for The Museum of Modern Love:

'A glorious novel, meditative and special in a way that defies easy articulation.' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

'Audacious and beautiful.' Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

'I adored it, and it is my book of the year so far.' Amanda Rayner, Readings Reviews

'... coruscates with captivating energy ... Incisive, beautiful, and precise.' Foreword Reviews, starred review

'Captivating ... a gem of a novel.' Library Journal, starred review

'Deeply involving ... profound ... emotionally rich and thought-provoking.' Booklist, starred review

'With rare subtlety and humanity, this novel relocates the difficult path to wonder in us all.' The Christina Stead Prize 2017

'Profound ... a tender meditation on art, love, grief, and life.' Bustle

'An unusual and lively work of fiction.' Newsday

Fiction & Literature
1 October
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Island hopping

3.5 stars

Tasmanian, but let’s not hold that against her. Four previous adult novels and 3 for kids. Lots of awards and nominations. Won the Stella Prize last time at bat for The Museum of Modern Love (2018).

It’s the near future: a world in flux politically, economically, militarily. ISIS is back in business, the Americans have abandoned the Middle East and the UN, China is Australia’s bestie now. A bomb goes off in Tasmania, where they’re building a bridge from the mainland to Bruny Island. Astrid Coleman is a political fixer who returns to the Apple Isle where her brother JC is Premier but facing an election. His opponent, the Leader if the Opposition, is his sister Maxine, who is Astrid’s twin. Only in Tasmania, right? Stuff happens. Family tensions feature prominently.

Reasonably convincing, although no one has two heads

Bottom line
Ms Rose has proved in her previous work that she can write. The jury is still out on whether she can write political thrillers.

mgb66 ,

Political diatribe

This is a left wing political diatribe, masquerading as fiction.

Flowerfluff ,

Frighteningly possible!

This was a fantastic read! It portrayed a scenario that was frighteningly possible and plausible in today’s global, political, and financial climate. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style, the way she brought the landscape to life, the way she built her characters, and most importantly the storyline and the way it unfurled. Really enjoyable read

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