Author(s): Elizabeth Harrower
"One day, Alice said, 'Eric Lane wants to take me to - ' For the first time, her mother attended, standing still. Eric was brought to the house, and Eric and Alice were married before there was time to say 'knife'. How did it happen? She tried to trace it back. She was watching her mother performing for Eric, and then (she always paused here in her mind), somehow, she woke up married and in another house." Internationally acclaimed for her five brilliant novels, Elizabeth Harrower is also the author of a small body of short fiction. A Few Days in the Country brings together for the first time her stories published in Australian journals in the 1960s and 1970s, along with those from her archives - including 'Alice', published for the first time earlier this year in the New Yorker. Essential reading for Harrower fans, these finely turned pieces show a broader range than the novels, ranging from caustic satires to gentler explorations of friendship.
Long-listed for Stella Prize 2016.
'In this screw-turning, chilling study of a suburban sadist, all the elements of Harrower's oeuvre-fairytale, existentialism, human wasters and willing victims-come together with the perfect inevitability that makes a classic.' Weekend Australian on In Certain Circles 'A novel of astonishing psychological insight exploring the darker aspects of human attraction...Her great strength as a writer is the frequency with which she captures human behaviour in a few deft words.' Saturday Paper on In Certain Circles 'Harrower's skill in evoking a place is impressive. Her eye for oddities of behaviour, for quirks of character and for patches of pretentiousness is as sure as ever. The wry intelligence of her view of middle-class Australian life is evident throughout. Her writing is characteristically sharp and pithy.' Sydney Morning Herald on In Certain Circles 'Harrower evokes the waste and futility of a decadent class with all the bite and poignancy of F. Scott Fitzgerald.' Eimear McBride on In Certain Circles
Elizabeth Harrower is the author of the novels Down in the City, The Long Prospect, The Catherine Wheel and The Watch Tower-all of which have been republished as Text Classics-and In Certain Circles, which was published in 2014 and in early 2015 was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. Elizabeth lives in Sydney.