Book of the Week: Tarcutta Wake by Josephine Rowe

Our Book of the Week is Josephine Rowe’s latest short-story collection, Tarcutta Wake.


Jospehine Rowe is a Melbourne based writer. Her latest book Tarcutta Wake is a stunningly beautiful collection of short (very short) stories. Her writing draws attention to tiny details in the lives of the characters such as discarded object. In Miles Allinson’s review of the book he describes these, ‘ordinary objects [as] at once revelatory and oppressive’.

In our Q&A with Josephine she speaks about what draws her to write about these ‘ordinary’ objects'. ‘I think that an object we’re sentimental about is the abstract made artifact; time, memory, an idea we have of ourselves or somebody else’s feeling for us,’ she says.

If you’re a fan of Jennifer Mills’s The Rest is Weight then you’re likely to enjoy Tarcutta Wake. Both collections have been released by UQP as part of a ‘short story series’, with a third title to follow next year.

Tarcutta Wake is out now in paperback ($19.95) and ebook ($14.95).

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Tarcutta Wake

Tarcutta Wake

Josephine Rowe

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