From the winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript comes a genre bending tour-de-force debut
The city was in the same place. But was it the same city?
Alice stood outside her family's 1950s red brick veneer, unsure if she should approach. It had been sixteen years but, it was clear to her, she was out of options.
Lydia opened the door to a familiar stranger - thirty-nine, tall, bony, pale. She knew her sister immediately. But something wasn't right. Meanwhile her son, George, was upstairs, still refusing to speak, and lost in a virtual world of his own design.
Nothing is as it was, and as the sisters' resentments flare, it seems that the city too is agitated. People wake up to streets that have rearranged themselves; in houses that have moved to different parts of town. There is tension in the streets and the authorities have no answers. The internet is alight with conspiracy theories.
As the world lurches around them, Alice's secret is revealed, and the ground at their feet is suddenly not so firm.
A spectacular debut novel from one of Australia's most exciting new writers. Winner of the Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award, Hovering crosses genres, literary styles and conventions to create a powerful and kaleidoscopic story about three people struggling to find connection in a chaotic and impermanent world.
An ambitious, kaleidoscopic novel that playfully but poignantly explores ideas around permanence, ownership, belonging, artistic integrity, and the sentience of nature. Ingeniously employing a dazzling variety of voices and postmodern narrative devices, or 'interruptions' - internet code, text messages, police reports, comments sections, diagrams - Hovering ultimately tells a gripping story about three people who are struggling to find meaning in their lives. - VPLA judges