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The Resource The Life of Houses

The Life of Houses

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The Life of Houses
Title
The Life of Houses
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Gorton
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Language
eng
Summary
The Life of Houses is the new novel by the acclaimed poet Lisa Gorton, whose first book of poetry, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry, and whose second collection, Hotel Hyperion, was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.The Life of Houses explores, with a poet's eye for detail, the hidden tensions in an old established Australian family that has lived for generations in a large house in a coastal town in south-eastern Australia. These tensions come to the surface when the granddaughter Kit is sent by her mother to spend a holiday with her grandparents, and the unmarried aunt who looks after them, in their old and decaying house by the sea. Kit barely knows them, because her mother is estranged from the family and never talks to or visits them. Recently divorced from Kit's father, she sends her daughter to her parents now so she can pursue an affair with her new lover. Kit's presence brings the old quarrels to life as family memories take hold of the present, brought to a flashpoint by the anger and resentment of Kit and her mother, and the dementia and sudden illness of her grandparents. The Life of Houses is written in an extraordinarily expressive and dynamic prose that makes use of the close focus and the oblique perspectives that Gorton has mastered so successfully in her poetry. It is a style reminiscent of Henry James and Patrick White, a high style, perfectly suited to the social decorum and inhibition of her socially elevated but unhappy subjects
Summary
"The Life of Houses explores, with a poet's eye for detail, the hidden tensions in one of Australia's establishment families. These tensions come to the surface during a week in summer when Anna sends her daughter Kit to stay with her parents, and the unmarried sister who cares for them, in their old and decaying house by the sea. Kit barely knows her grandparents; her mother is estranged from the family and has not taken her to visit them or the house in which she grew up. Recently separated from her husband, Anna sends Kit to them now so she can pursue a new love affair. The Life of Houses is a novel about mothers and daughters, and coming of age. It is also about property, and how people's feelings for the places that they inhabit can shape their lives.
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Award
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards, People's Choice Award for Fiction, 2016.
  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards: Fiction, 2016.
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10448555
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DLC
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1972-
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Gorton, Lisa
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Life of Houses
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:2b0252cf-ccb9-428b-8a7f-57a69c995050
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781922146816
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Life of Houses
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:2b0252cf-ccb9-428b-8a7f-57a69c995050
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781922146816
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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