Vita is South African but she lives in Australia. Royce is older, American, a ghost from her days as a freshman on a Harvard scholarship. After years of silence, Royce writes to Vita, determined to excavate the past. The conversation that follows is an adversarial dance, a duelling confession and a mutual reckoning, digging through the archaeologies of desire, shame and power.
Ceridwen Dovey's debut novel, Blood Kin, was published around the world, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award, and selected for the US National Book Foundation's prestigious '5 Under 35' honours list. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their 'artists to watch'. Her collection of stories, Only the Animals, won the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. She lives in Sydney.
Dovey does not shy away from bluntly confronting big questions head-on... Trembling with meaning, unsettlingly alive, sweeping both geographically and intellectually; a literary page-turner * Kirkus * Gracefully constructed * Booklist (starred review) *