Like a House on Fire


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Includes stories such as ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, ‘Cross-Country’, and ‘Ashes’.

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ISBN 9781922070067

Kennedy C






Dimensions 13.5 × 21 cm


From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new
collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots. In Like a House on
, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their
ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of
humour. In `Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a
cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders. In
`Cross-Country’, a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex’s new
life. And in `Ashes’, a son accompanies his mother on a journey to
scatter his father’s remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the
background. Cate Kennedy’s poignant short stories find the beauty and
tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.

About the author
Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2011. She lives on a secluded bend of the Broken River in north-east Victoria.

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