My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

My Hundred Lovers
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My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

Lyrical and exquisite, My Hundred Lovers captures the sheer wonder of life, desire and love. A woman, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, reflects on her days with one hundred scenes from a life adding up to a simple human truth. Character and sexual identity entwine and after all the emotion, the love, the hatred and the despair is done with, the great and trivial acts of her bodily life reveal an imperfect, yet whole self. By turns humorous, sharp, haunting and wise, this is an original and exhilarating novel from one of Australia’s premier writers.

Review

susanJohnson has written extensively about her own life and for that I have always been grateful; her writing makes me feel not alone. In this brilliantly conceived novel, a woman on the eve of her 50th birthday lists one hundred moments of pure and unadulterated happiness, or as Johnson puts it – lists of loves.

This could be a corny novel, but no, in Johnson’s hands reality and poetry mix to create a profound description of a woman’s life. There is the rawness and the vulnerability that comes with such an expose, but there is also humour and humility.

One Hundred Lovers: oh to be so lucky to have lived a life embracing each and every moment of memory. A wonderful novel that already I have passed on to my closest girlfriend. It is that type of book.

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