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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (4 Jan. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1760296708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1760296704
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A joyful and mournful meditation on the endless small pleasures and complications of life...sure-footed and often surprising. * Publishers Weekly * My book of the year is Michelle de Kretser's The Life to Come, a sharp and unsettling novel - narcissism of all kinds is skewered here - that is deeply pleasurable to read. * Ceridwen Dovey, The Australian * Her powers of description and evocation are remarkable...Michelle de Kretser has written a comic lament of disarming force. * Sydney Morning Herald * A remarkable achievement...wise and abrasive, witty and poignant. * The Saturday Paper * Superb, ambitious and deeply moving * The Australian * For a novel concerned with dislocation, there's a lot of grounding humour ...de Kretser's observations are so spot on, you'll forgive her even as you cringe. * New York Times * As always, Michelle de Kretser offers a wide compassionate view...Above all, there is the pleasure of her writing. * Times Literary Supplement * Funny and satirical, this is a biting look at the way we present ourselves and the way we are seen by others. * Stylist * [de Kretser's] writing captures, with unflagging wit, grace and subtlety, the spiritual as well as physical journeys of people on the move - between cultures, mindsets and stages of growth. -- Boyd Tonkin * Financial Times * Exhilaratingly good writing...each page yields sparkling sentences and keen observations. * Literary Review * De Kretser's satirical observations - on the literati, self-congratulation, suburban pretension - are so subtly deboning they remind me of Jane Austen's...The Life to Come deserves all the gongs we can bang for it. * The Spectator * Is it possible we already have the year's best novel? I'll be amazed if anything surpasses this compulsive, exquisitely light-footed narrative...glorious. * Daily Mail *

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Michelle de Kretser's fifth novel is both a delicious satire on the way we live now and a deeply moving examination of the true nature of friendship.

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