The responsibilities of being: Jessica Au’s precise, poetic meditation on mothers and daughters

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Abstract

Au’s new book has already won the inaugural Novel Prize, and been published in fifteen languages. It provides instead a sort of pentimento made of words, all allusion and invocation. It is like a poem or, as many critics have said about this book, a meditation. They have offered phrases like “beautifully observed”, “hypnotic”, “calm simplicity”, and (from Helen Garner): “So calm and clear and deep, I wished it would flow on forever”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Volume2022
No.March
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2022

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