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By Amanda Lohrey

I woke with a puff. And lay at the hours of darkness, open-mouthed, preserving my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling was once indescribable. For a second I had felt as though I have been falling . . . falling into bliss.

All his existence, Richard Kline has been haunted by means of a feeling that anything is missing. He envies the benefit with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into heart age, Richard grows indignant, cynical, depressed.

But then an odd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He unearths himself on a quest, virtually opposed to his will, to solve the “divine discontent” he has suffered because early life. From prescription drugs to New Age cures to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the hunt for which means in present day world.

This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human longing for anything extra. it really is hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's most interesting delivering but - a pilgrim's development for the right here and now.

Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes

Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize

‘Lohrey’s language through the novel is a searing satisfaction … with no patronising, disparaging or turning into a sentimental associate, she will get contained in the head of a major guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age

‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a balance of velocity and a commanding sort with a purpose to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in holding us suspended within the cocoon of an concept – “Is this all there is?’ – a query that hums out and in of our personal lives through the day, yet that could unexpectedly ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper

‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian publication Review

Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once presented the Patrick White Literary Award.

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