248 Fiction/A Curious Intimacy: Jessica White

ITEM: One author signed copy of the novel ‘A Curious Intimacy’ by Jessica White.

DETAILS: In the 1870s two remarkable women meet in a remote country town in Western Australia. Ingrid is hundreds of miles from home, trying to distance herself from a broken heart after her lover was forced to marry. Ellyn is a young woman living in stark isolation and driven close to madness by the death of her baby daughter. Ellyn’s husband is away indefinitely, and she’s had no word from him.

When the two women meet, they forge a bond that grows ever deeper. But can their intimacy find acceptance in their conventional world?

BIO:Jessica White completed her Ph.D. on writing and loss at the London Consortium, University of London, in 2009.  She was named aSydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist for her first novel, A Curious Intimacy, which was also shortlisted for the Dobbie and Western Australia Premier’s awards, and longlisted for the international IMPAC award.  Her second novel, Entitlement, will be published by Penguin in 2012.  Her blog may be found at http://www.ladyredjess.wordpress.com

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