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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A glowing, beating heart of a book' Megan Hunter, author of THE END WE START FROM

On a hot day in late June, a young girl kneels outside a convent, then falls on her face. When the nuns take her in, they name her Dolores.

Dolores adjusts to the rhythm of her new life - to the nuns with wild hairs curling from their chins, the soup chewed as if it were meat, the bells that ring throughout the day.

But in the dark, private theatre of her mind are memories - of love motels lit by neon red hearts, discos in abandoned hospitals and a boy called Angelo.

And inside her, a baby is growing.

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Praise for Dolores

  • Dolores is a glowing, beating heart of a book; Curtis' sentences manage to be both mysterious and precise, creating a potent atmosphere that resonates beyond its brevity

  • Dolores reads the way a first novel should: short, lyrical, intense, and with adventurous ambition

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Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis (b. 1988) is a writer from Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Best Summer Stories, Catapult, The Atlas Review, Sydney Review of Books, Fireflies, Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Book Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. She currently teaches at the University of Technology, Sydney where she is completing a PhD on the works of Renata Adler and Elizabeth Hardwick. DOLORES is her debut novel.

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