The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
From American author, Brit Bennett comes an intergenerational family saga about identity, race, gender, and deception. Told from multiple perspectives – each just as riveting as the next – The Vanishing Half will stitch your heartstrings into the lives of the characters.
Tell Me Lies – J.P. Pomare
What happens when – one warm Spring morning – a successful psychologist, wife and mother, pushes one of her clients in front of a train? Award-winning writer, J.P. Pomare’s fast-paced psychological thriller is carefully constructed and utterly unputdownable.
When the Apricots Bloom – Gina Wilkinson
Set in Baghdad – one of the world’s most legendary cities – three women’s lives intersect as their hidden pasts seep into the present. Australian embassy secretary, Huda, the ambassador’s wife, Ally, and the once-privileged Rania face betrayal, loyalty and sacrifice to protect their families.
After the Carnage – Tara June Winch
From the award-winning author of Swallow the Air, comes a collection of stories spanning from New York to Istanbul, Pakistan to Australia, about love, displacement, and reconciling dreams with reality. Tara June Winch is a master of careful and uncompromising prose.
Mullumbimby – Melissa Lucashenko
Having moved to Byron Bay – using her divorce settlement money and with hopes to connect to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors – Jo Breen finds herself amongst a looming Native Title war. Written by acclaimed Indigenous writer, Melissa Lucashenko, this novel is stamped with her sharp wit and satirical eye.
Out of Love – Hazel Hayes
Irish Youtube personality, Hazel Hayes’ debut novel is a post-mortem on love told in reverse, from the break-up to the magic of limerence. It is a bittersweet story which – like the art of Kintsugi – shows us the beauty in something already broken.
Honeybee – Craig Silvey
From the bestselling author of the modern Australian classic, Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey’s third novel is profoundly moving and wholeheartedly luminous. Honeybee is the story of a chance encounter of two unlikely friends and a quiet quest of hope and redemption.
Poly – Paul Dalgarno
After years of stifling domesticity in a sexless marriage, Chris finds himself diving into the world of polyamory for his wife, Sarah as she attempts to rediscover her sexuality. In his debut novel, Paul Dalgarno paints a raw and humorous portrait of modern love.
The Mother Fault – Kate Mildenhall
Mim’s husband is missing – his universal tracking chip rendered useless – and she needs to find him. Channelling Margaret Atwood’s instinct for near-future dystopian worlds, Kate Mildenhall explores the many roles a woman needs to play in order to save her family and herself.
A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing – Jessie Tu
Jena Lin is a violin player – a former-child prodigy – who now uses sex as a substitute for the fame she once had. Dark and occasionally difficult to read, this fierce and fearless debut novel by Jessie Tu explores female desire, dreams, and the oft awkward nature of life.