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The Performance

Claire Thomas

3 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The breakout literary sensation of 2021 from the prize-winning author of FUGITIVE BLUE

'I read from start to finish almost without looking up, and suspect I will be carrying these characters with me for some time yet.' - Clare Bowditch, author of YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL

The false cold of the theatre makes it hard to imagine the heavy wind outside in the real world, the ash air pressing onto the city from the nearby hills where bushfires are taking hold.
The house lights lower.
The auditorium feels hopeful in the darkness.

As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of a Beckett play.

Margot is a successful professor, preoccupied by her fraught relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy is a philanthropist with a troubled past, distracted by the snoring man beside her. Summer is a young theatre usher, anxious about the safety of her girlfriend in the fire zone.

As the performance unfolds, so does each woman's story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage.

'Read it as soon as you possibly can.' - Emily Bitto, author of THE STRAYS

'An enigmatic, elegant and assured novel that explores the power of art in revealing us to ourselves.' - Charlotte Wood, author of THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS and THE WEEKEND

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Praise for The Performance

  • Graceful, complex, intriguing. I read from start to finish almost without looking up, and suspect I will be carrying these characters with me for some time yet. A brilliant contribution to Australian fiction. Bravo, Claire Thomas. - Clare Bowditch, Aria-award-winning musician, actor, radio presenter and author of YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL

  • This extraordinary novel contains multitudes. Grounded in the inner lives of three women, it expands to encompass so much that is of fundamental importance to our times, and indeed to the human condition itself. Profound, funny, full of empathy and oh-so-smart, this is a work of art in the truest sense. Read it as soon as you possibly can. - Emily Bitto, author of THE STRAYS

  • An enigmatic, elegant and assured novel that explores the power of art in revealing us to ourselves. - Charlotte Wood, author of THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS and THE WEEKEND

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