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The Resource Our Magic Hour

Our Magic Hour

Label
Our Magic Hour
Title
Our Magic Hour
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Down
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Language
eng
Summary
Audrey, Katy and Adam have been friends since high school—a decade of sneaky cigarettes, drunken misadventures on Melbourne backstreets, heart-to-hearts, in-jokes. But now Katy has gone. And without her, Audrey is thrown off balance: everything she thought she knew, everything she believed was true, is bent out of shape. Audrey's family—her neurotic mother, her wayward teenage brother, her uptight suburban sister—are likely to fall apart. Her boyfriend, Nick, tries to hold their relationship together. And Audrey, caught in the middle, needs to find a reason to keep going when everything around her suddenly seems wrong. Evocative and exquisitely written, Our Magic Hour is a story of love, loss and discovery. Jennifer Down's remarkable debut novel captures that moment when being young and invincible gives way to being open and vulnerable, when one terrible act changes a life forever. Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications including the Age, Saturday Paper, Australian Book Review and Overland. Our Magic Hour, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She lives in Melbourne. 'Down's evocation of Audrey's grief is astute, perceptive and always convincing...It's compelling writing.' Australian 'Intimate, raw and occasionally heartbreaking...I loved this book. Our Magic Hour is beautiful, gut-wrenching fiction and I cannot recommend it highly enough.' Readings 'Down has perfectly captured the vulnerability of youth...An incredibly intimate and tender novel about friendship, family and the transformative power of grief...It is easily one of the best Australian debuts I've read in a long time.' Lip Mag 'Down's novel is a story about very small things, that all add up to very big things about grief and friendship, love and death...Down has an impressive feel for the drama of the ordinary.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald 'Down has a reserved but beautiful prose...In its maturity and elegance, Our Magic Hour is a surprising and captivating debut novel. I have no doubt that Down will produce more quality writing in the future.' Farrago 'Down's preoccupations are those of a young adult grappling with heavy issues, and she does so admirably...Our Magic Hour takes place in a lively, vivid Melbourne cityscape.' Otago Daily Times 'Striking, breathlessly written...Down's clear and confident voice can play originally with language...An eloquent debut.' WA Today 'Down's supple social realism has a vitality and energy to it...I'm sure that Down will be a fixture in the Australian lit scene for years to come.' Lifted Brow 'An impressive and emotionally sophisticated novel.' Australian Book Review 'Its depictions of the characters' close friendships, and the personalised map of Melbourne it draws were so vivid and so true that I found myself almost longing for the same, despite the sadness at the heart of the book.' Readings, Our Favourite Books of 2016 (so far) 'Subtle and vividly observed, Our Magic Hour is a chronicle of early adulthood, with all its violent unions and passionate friendships...Down's work [is] universally important.' Overland'Down's depiction of modern Melbourne is so familiar and evocative that I felt like I'd bumped into her characters at the cafe just the day before. For a book so infused with grief and longing, the sheer amount of love and depth of feeling in the novel made me yearn for everything and nothing all at..
Summary
"Later, when they were all adrift, Adam in his frenzied grief, Audrey had imagined she might have come across a signal or a clue. But Katy was dark blur. She'd left no explanation, no notes, just an exhausting blackness that yielded no reason. She was an insect caught in amber, a leaf in resin. Audrey, Katy and Adam have been friends since high school a decade of sneaky cigarettes, drunken misadventures on Melbourne backstreets, heart-to-hearts, in-jokes. But now Katy has gone. And without her, Audrey is thrown off balance: everything she thought she knew, everything she believed was true, is bent out of shape. Evocative and exquisitely written, Our Magic Hour is a story of love, loss and discovery. Jennifer Down's remarkable debut novel captures that moment when being young and invincible gives way to being open and vulnerable, when one terrible act changes a life forever."--Back cover
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10515836
Cataloging source
ANL
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1990-
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Down, Jennifer
Dewey number
823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • African American Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Our Magic Hour
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781922253477
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Our Magic Hour
Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781922253477
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optical disk

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