'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.
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
Rich, melodic and marked by a troubling sensuality, Dolores depicts the strange pleasures a young girl might take in her body, and the perils and liberations such pleasures hold
A succinct, intense story ... this atmospheric debut is a deliciously satisfying read about a girl at a critical juncture in her life - BookRiot
Dolores is propulsive, atmospheric, wonderfully peculiar, a little dark. A dreamy hallucination
Precise, intense and aching, Dolores moves seamlessly between sensuality and realism. I read it in a couple of fevered hours and lived in its heady atmosphere for days afterwards.
Short and mysterious, Dolores is a compelling, one-sitting read ... Curtis writes the close-up details of life in the convent with as much intensity as the burgeoning sexuality of a young girl, and the two elements chime in a strange harmony - Observer
Blurring the borders past and present, sex and religion, desire and shame, Lauren Aimee Curtis's debut novel Dolores is a short and potent story of a young woman in trouble - Irish Times
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.