A haunting, hypnotic and enticing novel of grief and desire, by one of Australia's finest, most assured novelists. Set in contemporary Sydney, HOLD tells the story of Shelley, whose lover, Conrad, died in an accident three years ago. Now, still in a state of subdued grief, Shelle... read full description below.
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A haunting, hypnotic and enticing novel of grief and desire, by one of Australia's finest, most assured novelists. Set in contemporary Sydney, HOLD tells the story of Shelley, whose lover, Conrad, died in an accident three years ago. Now, still in a state of subdued grief, Shelley has just moved into an old Victorian terrace in Paddington with David, her new partner. In the bedroom is a large walk-in closet and not long after they move in, Shelley discovers a door within the closet which opens to a mysterious, small, bare room. There is a window, a fireplace and a beautiful chandelier. But nothing else. Visiting a nearby antique store one day, she sees a red velvet sofa. When Kieran, the shop assistant, delivers the couch to Shelley's house, he reminds her of Conrad - and soon they fall into an erotic relationship. And so begins this intriguing novel, which becomes a journey through grief and desire, betrayal and loss. At its heart lies the red velvet sofa within the mysterious empty room - a room which sometimes lets in Shelley, and sometimes denies her entry. A waking dream of a novel, HOLD is sensual, strange and unsettling. 'A novelist with a commanding talent' The Monthly
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