Tristen Brudy

Tristen Brudy works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

I loved God, my brother, and my mother, in that order. When I lost my brother, poof went the other two.

Yaa Gyasi’s sophomore novel is a study of relationships. With family. With God. With science.…

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Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

I’m still a child, only as tall as my father’s shotgun.

So begins Betty’s story. Betty is a fictionalised account of the author’s own mother as she comes of age in Breathed, a town set in the footh…

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True Story by Kate Reed Petty

If you don’t control your story, your story will control you.

Private schoolgirl Alice doesn’t know what happened to her the night of the party. She knows she was very drunk. She knows she was driv…

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Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Something terrible has happened. Sheela’s only recourse is to spirit away her two teenage daughters, July and September, and herself, from their home in Oxford to a run-down shack in the Yorkshire Mo…

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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan has done it again. Told with his signature wit and flair, his latest romantic comedy of manners pays homage to A Room with a View, Pride and Prejudice, and, strangely enough, Crazy Rich As

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Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight

The person who believes in you is the most dangerous person you know. The person who believes in you can unbuild you in an instant.

Nell Barber is not having a good year. She’s broken up with her b…

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

‘Generations of authors have molded the mythology of the American West for their own purposes … I take the lesson that what we call history is not granite but sandstone – soft, given form by its carv

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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

In 1596, a young boy named Hamnet died. About four years later, his father wrote the most famous play in English history: Hamlet. This is the story of that boy and his mother.

I took three separate…

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Actress by Anne Enright

Years after her death, myths still circulate about Katherine O'Dell, Irish legend of stage and screen. Questions persist regarding her origins and her rise to fame. Of even more interest, of course, …

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

I have a confession: I’ve been pining for this book since I saw it on the horizon over a year ago. Carmen Maria Machado is a magical writer with a penchant for the darker side of fairytale, TV, film …

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia, hundreds of girls and women would wake every morning feeling bruised, abused, and battered. This was attributed for many years to ghost…

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French Exit by Patrick deWitt

‘French Exit’: hastily leaving a social gathering without saying goodbye (see also, Irish Goodbye, taking English Leave, ghosting). Frances, her adult son Malcolm and their cat, Small Frank, are out …

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A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer

In the near future, Jeff is dying. Haunted by his dark past and current deterioration, he abandons Melbourne, and his long-suffering partner Faye, for the relative remoteness of Scotland. Once there,…

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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers opens in Chicago, 1985, with Yale Tishman attending the wake of Nico – the first of many in his group of friends to be felled by the AIDS epidemic. Yale is the development directo…

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84K by Claire North

Company men would run for Parliament, Company newspapers would trumpet their excellence to the sky, Company TV stations would broadcast their election promises this is how democracy worked: corporate

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A Sand Archive by Gregory Day

Award-winning author Gregory Day’s latest novel opens in Geelong with our narrator, a nameless writer, coming across a ‘slim grey-brown volume, cheaply printed but essential to [his] research: The Gr

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What the Light Reveals by Mick McCoy

Mick McCoy’s latest novel opens in 1954 as Conrad Murphy travels from Melbourne to Sydney to appear before the Royal Commission on Espionage. An active and unabashed member of the Communist Party, Co…

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Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

There are many ways to describe the titular Oliver Loving – his mother’s favourite son, a beloved older brother to Charlie, and an aspiring poet. He has also been comatose (perhaps even brain-dead) f…

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The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova’s The Shadow Land follows a young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, as she travels to Bulgaria in memory of her lost brother. On her first day there, she accidentally takes the bag of…

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The Brittle Star by Davina Langdale

The Western seems to be making a bit of a comeback these days so, after relishing every blood-soaked minute of Hell or High Water and HBO’s Westworld, I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of …

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