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A Common Loss: A Novel Paperback – March 27, 2012
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“Kirsten Tranter is another emerging Australian novelist to have successfully exploded the myth of the Difficult Second Novel. The Legacy, published in 2009, was that rarest of birds, a bestselling literary fiction. The thriller elements of its narrative were coolly braided with a revisiting of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady. Her new novel is even better. A Common Loss takes its epigraph from Tennyson’s In Memoriam, and what follows is a contemporary anatomy of grief, played out between four friends in the wake of a fatal accident, that tightens around the reader like a vice. Tranter makes most other psychological thrillers seem simple-minded.” —The Australian
“Tranter deftly explores a friendship that’s past its prime.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An intimate character study of friendship and deceit set against the American paean to false appearances.” —Publishers Weekly
“An introspective look at the dynamics of friendship, the power of secrets, and the nature of guilt.” —Booklist
“Psychologically taut and steeped in the power of secrets among friends, A Common Loss is brimming with deft writing, revelation, and insight.” —Dominic Smith, award-winning author of Bright and Distant Shores
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In 2011 The Legacy was longlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin award and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.
Follow Kirsten on Twitter @ktranter and visit her website kirstentranter.com to learn more about Kirsten and read reviews of The Legacy.