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Conditions of Faith

By Alex Miller

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Format: Paperback, 420 pages, Main Edition
Published In: AUS, 01 July 2011
With university behind her, Emily Stanton finds herself on the threshold of life. Introduced to a Scottish engineer, the exoticism of his life in Paris beckons, and she leaves her family home in 1920s Melbourne to become his wife. But far from providing answers, her conventional marriage awakens in her an ardent desire to find a reason for living beyond that of simply wife and mother. This desire leads her to flirt with risk, passion and unorthodox friendships, and carries her to Tunisia on a journey of self-questioning and intellectual reawakening. Conditions of Faith is both a provocative romance and an elegant meditation on a timeless dilemma. Impetuous yet entirely sympathetic, Emily Stanton, like Henry James' Isabel Archer, is in search of a reason for living in a society where motherhood is deemed reason enough. This mesmerising and thought-provoking story of dreams, obsessions and destiny will hold you in thrall.

Alex Miller has twice won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's premier literary prize. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, for The Ancestor Game, in 1993. He lives in Victoria.

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'An amazing book. The reader can't help but offer up a prayerful thank you: Thank you, God, that human beings still have the audacity to write like this.' The Washington Post

About the Author

Alex Miller has twice won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's premier literary prize. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, for The Ancestor Game, in 1993. He lives in Victoria.

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Interesting and thoughtful...Miller has a considerable talent for the evocation of a vivid range of atmospheres and emotions. * The Times * Utterly absorbing and deeply rewarding both emotionally and intellectually. -- James Bradley, author of THE RESURRECTIONIST No paraphrase can do justice to this novel. Conditions of Faith is a blessing. * Washington Post * A mesmerising story of dreams and obsessions... thought-provoking and eloquent. * Belfast Telegraph *

EAN: 9781742377346
ISBN: 1742377343
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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