The Natural Way of Things Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

The Natural Way of Things


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-06-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609453633

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The Natural Way of Things Excerpt :

“A Handmaid’s Tale for the 21st century” (Prism Magazine), Wood’s dystopian tale about a group of young women held prisoner in the Australian desert is a prescient feminist fable for our times. As the Guardian writes, “contemporary feminism may have found its masterpiece of horror.” Drugged, dressed in old-fashioned rags, and fiending for a cigarette, Yolanda wakes up in a barren room. Verla, a young woman who seems vaguely familiar, sits nearby. Down a hallway echoing loudly with the voices of mysterious men, in a stark compound deep in the Australian outback, other captive women are just coming to. Starved, sedated, the girls can't be sure of anything—except the painful episodes in their pasts that link them. Drawing strength from the animal instincts they're forced to rely on, the women go from hunted to hunters, along the way becoming unforgettable and boldly original literary heroines that readers will both relate to and root for. The Natural Way of Things is a lucid and illusory fable and a brilliantly plotted novel of ideas that reminds us of mankind's own vast contradictions—the capacity for savagery, selfishness, resilience, and redemption all contained by a single, vulnerable body. Winner 2016 Stella Prize 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award in Fiction An Australian Indie Best Fiction Book & Overall Book of the Year Winner Finalist 2017 International Dublin Literary Award 2016 Voss Literary Prize 2016 Victorian Premier's Award 2016 The Miles Franklin Award

The Natural Way of Things Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Natural Way of Things


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2015-09-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781925268317

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The Natural Way of Things Excerpt :

Joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2016 - Fiction category Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.' The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.' Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue -- but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves. The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage. With extraordinary echoes of The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies, The Natural Way of Things is a compulsively readable, scarifying and deeply moving contemporary novel. It confirms Charlotte Wood's position as one of our most thoughtful, provocative and fearless truth-tellers, as she unflinchingly reveals us and our world to ourselves. 'As a man, to read it is as unsettling as receiving one piece of bad news after another. It is confronting. Yet anyone who reads it, man or woman, is go

The Weekend Book
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

The Weekend


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593086452

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The Weekend Excerpt :

#1 International Bestseller Shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award * Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020 * Longlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award “The Big Chill with a dash of Big Little Lies . . . Knife-sharp and deeply alive.” —The Guardian (London) “An insightful, poignant, and fiercely honest novel about female friendship and female aging.” —Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award–winning author of The Friend “Friendship, ambition, love, sexual politics and death: it’s all here in one sharp, funny, heartbreaking, and gorgeously written package. I loved it.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train Three women in their seventies reunite for one last, life-changing weekend in the beach house of their late friend. Four older women have a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank, and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur; Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual; and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather at Sylvie’s old beach house—not for festivities this time, but to clean it out before it is sold. Can they survive together without her? Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests, and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface—and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good. The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book: a celebration of tenderness and friendship from an award-winning writer.

The Natural Order of Things Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Natural Order of Things


  • Author : António Lobo Antunes
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Release Date : 2001-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : 0802138136

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The Natural Order of Things Excerpt :

The fate of two families are tied to the history of Portugal in this novel that spans the globe from Mozambique to Lisbon.

The Natural Order of Things Book

The Natural Order of Things


  • Author : Kevin P. Keating
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-04-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804169271

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The Natural Order of Things Excerpt :

From a startling new voice in American fiction comes a dark, powerful novel about a tragic city and its inhabitants over the course of one Halloween weekend. Set in a decaying Midwestern urban landscape, with its goings-on and entire atmosphere dominated and charged by one Jesuit prep school and its students, parents, faculty, and alumni, THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS is a window into the human condition. From the opening chapter and its story of the doomed quarterback, Frank McSweeney, aka The Minotaur, for whom prayers prove not enough, to the end, wherein the school's former headmaster is betrayed by his peers in the worst way possible, we see people and their oddness and ambitions laid out bare before us.

The Writer s Room Book

The Writer s Room


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2016-07-27
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN 10 : 9781760293345

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The Writer s Room Excerpt :

Charlotte Wood's online journal The Writer's Room has become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for booklovers everywhere. Charlotte's interviews with a wide range of well-known writers range in topic from the subject matter of the writers' work to quite intricate - and intimate - revelations about the ways in which they work. Charlotte's subjects are frank about the failures and successes, the struggles and triumphs of the writing life, and extremely generous in their revelations. A must-read for writers and readers. 'For writers, an indispensable resource; for readers, a pure pleasure.' - Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic, The Australian 'It's The Paris Review for Australians - how lucky we are to have it.' - Tegan Bennett Daylight, literary critic; author Six Bedrooms, Safety, What Falls Away 'These interviews have consistently provided me with the the best descriptions of a writer's craft I could hope to find. Invaluable.' - Sophie Cunningham, author Bird and Geography 'Lets its readers eavesdrop on the best of conversations - erudite, interesting, always inspirational.' - Ashley Hay, author The Railwayman's Wife 'Interviews of grit and stamina - real talk between two adult writers about the hard yards of writing. There's never an issue that doesn't provide an insight worth bottling.' - Ailsa Piper, author Sinning Across Spain

Love and Hunger Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Love and Hunger


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2012-05-01
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 315
  • ISBN 10 : 9781742697116

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Love and Hunger Excerpt :

Charlotte Wood explores the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating in an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love.

Pieces of a Girl Book

Pieces of a Girl


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Australian fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015022931318

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The Submerged Cathedral Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Submerged Cathedral


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Random House Australia
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 9781742747941

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The Submerged Cathedral Excerpt :

Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. The Submerged Cathedral is a superb, enthralling novel of love, tragedy and atonement from the acclaimed author of The Children ‘Set me as a seal on your heart, for love is stronger than death.’ Spanning many years, travelling across Australia’s vast continent and through some of Europe’s great cities, The Submerged Cathedral is a beguiling, heartbreaking story of paradise and the fall, of sacrifice and atonement, and of sisterly love and rivalry. Most of all, however, it is about an enduring and sacred love- a love stronger than death- and the journeys undertaken in its name. Written in spare, haunting prose, this novel is a work of the highest literary merit, as well as a timeless love story that will enthrall readers. The release of Charlotte Wood's acclaimed first novel, Pieces of a Girl, marked her as a young writer of great promise; The Submerged Cathedral thrillingly confirms that promise with astonishing assurance and lyricism.

Animal People Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Animal People


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781743431207

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Animal People Excerpt :

The hilarious, tender and heartbreaking story of a watershed day in the life of Stephen - aimless, unhappy and unfulfilled, this stiflingly hot December day is the day he has decided to dump his girlfriend. A sharply observed, 24-hour urban love story.

The Luminous Solution Book

The Luminous Solution


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1760879231

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The Luminous Solution Excerpt :

An inspiring work about creativity and resilience from the multi-award-winning author of The Weekend.

Nanoparticles Book

Nanoparticles


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 26
  • ISBN 10 : 9781742698663

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Nanoparticles Excerpt :

In 'Nanoparticles', Lisa cannily observes the people waiting alongside her at the motor registry, from the harried mother of two to the man engrossed in his newspaper. With her characteristically sharp and tender observations, Charlotte Wood examines the smallest things that draw us together and the many larger issues that wrench us apart.

The Children Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The Children


  • Author : Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2014-06-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN 10 : 9781741766981

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The Children Excerpt :

A short, sharp shock of a novel that takes you into the heart of a family that's as normal, and broken, as any other. From the author of The Submerged Cathedral, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Moon of the Crusted Snow Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

Moon of the Crusted Snow


  • Author : Waubgeshig Rice
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773052441

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Moon of the Crusted Snow Excerpt :

A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

The Natural Book
Score: 3.5
From 16 Ratings

The Natural


  • Author : Bernard Malamud
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2003-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466805033

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The Natural Excerpt :

Introduction by Kevin Baker The Natural, Bernard Malamud's first novel, published in 1952, is also the first—and some would say still the best—novel ever written about baseball. In it Malamud, usually appreciated for his unerring portrayals of postwar Jewish life, took on very different material—the story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era—and invested it with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work. Four decades later, Alfred Kazin's comment still holds true: "Malamud has done something which—now that he has done it!—looks as if we have been waiting for it all our lives. He has really raised the whole passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball as a popular spectacle to its ordained place in mythology."