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The Strays

(2016)
A novel by

 

"The Strays deftly weaves together the past and the present in a compelling exploration of belonging, loyalty and ambition. "
Paddy O'Reilly


Winner of the Stella Prize 2015

Winner of the Tina Kane Emergent Writers Award

University of Canberra 'Book of the Year' 2016

Longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award

Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

Shortlised for the Dobbie Literary Award

Shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction

Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Prize for New Writing

Shortlisted for an Amazon Rising Star Award

'Remarkable first novel... vividly written, almost painterly' -- The New York Times Book Review

'Emily Bitto writes so well about art, childhood, infatuation, loneliness--you name it. The Strays is a knowing novel, and beautifully done.' -- Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings

'...an immensely pleasurable read.' -- Bookseller + Publisher

'Emily Bitto has written a very stylish and enjoyable debut novel.' -- The Sunday Mail

'...a marvellously accomplished and assured debut... Rich in atmosphere and beautifully observed.' -- Caroline Baum, Booktopia

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live at their home. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, bohemian lifestyle and longs to truly be a part of the family.

But as the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect their art. Yet it's not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism. Almost 30 years later, Lily contemplates the ordinary path her own life took, how she has played it safe, but does freedom come at a cost?

Brought together once more, this is a story of the impact of loss, devotion and obsession, and the demise of one family.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Used availability for Emily Bitto's The Strays


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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 0-670-07008-4 / 978-0-670-07008-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Strays: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 1-4555-3772-1 / 978-1-4555-3772-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Twelve
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 1-78507-951-4 / 978-1-78507-951-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Legend Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 1-5318-7712-5 / 978-1-5318-7712-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   

August 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

August 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

September 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

January 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2017 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Strays: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Twelve
Availability: Amazon   

August 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Legend Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


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