My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

My Hundred Lovers
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My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

‘Confronting the inevitable desiccation of her ageing body, a woman reflects on her life as an erotic adventurer, and through these vivid stories of the flesh, a mind and a soul emerge in full. Susan Johnson is a writer in her prime, and her most enduring love affair is with language itself. ’ Geraldine BrooksThat afternoon in the small bedroom the light was blue. The curtains were cream and blew softly in the wind. There was a cry, far off, almost out of earshot. There was a man in my bed and I did not know how he got there.A woman, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, reflects on one hundred moments from a lifetime’s sensual adventures. After the love, hatred and despair are 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.Lyrical and exquisite, My Hundred Lovers captures the sheer wonder of life, desire and love.

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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