The Legacy

Kirsten Tranter

The Legacy
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The Legacy

Kirsten Tranter

This is the most satisfying novel I’ve read all year. I can’t wait to see what she does next.‘ BOOKSELLER AND PUBLISHER What has happened to Ingrid? Julia, a student at Sydney University, is struggling with her unrequited love for her best friend, Ralph, when his recently orphaned cousin, Ingrid, is taken into his household. Ralph falls unhappily in love with beautiful Ingrid, but she leaves for New York after she comes into a large inheritance. there she marries the charismatic but sinister Gil Grey, an art dealer and father to child art prodigy Fleur. At 9 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Ingrid has an appointment downtown and is never seen again. Devastated and heartsick, Ralph entreats Julia to travel to New York to investigate Ingrid’s disappearance. As Julia becomes entangled in Ingrid’s enigmatic world, she is forced to confront her own conflicted feelings about her friends and herself. A compelling mystery as well as a deeply affecting meditation on the nature of art, truth, friendship, love and longing, the Legacy is a hypnotic debut from a formidable Australian talent. 'the Legacy is so accomplished … It demands your full attention and only reluctantly releases you from its clutches to go about your daily life’ Australian Literary Review ‘tranter’s writing is as rich and luxurious as heavy, expensive brocade’ Kirkus Reviews

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Some novels are cracking good reads – they’ll have you reading late into the night as you tell yourself ‘just one more chapter …’ Other novels are more ideas-based – they’re the kind that leave you ruminating long after you’ve finished reading. But the best novels – like The Legacy – are a compelling mixture of the two.

The prologue is voiced by Ingrid, but the rest of the novel is narrated by best friend Julia as she attempts to unravel the mysteries behind her disappearance. Did Ingrid really die on 9/11? And if so, how? As one character points out, 9/11 would have provided the ‘perfect cover’ to commit murder. Or has Ingrid managed to devise some completely different fate for herself? And what would it mean for her friends if she had? So absorbing are these questions that the insights this novel offers – on friendship and its impact on identity, for example – sneak up on you and it’s not until the very end that you realise quite how much was at stake for Julia.

Captivating and thought-provoking, The Legacy will have you turning the pages and then thinking about it – long after you’ve finished reading.

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