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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439177228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439177228
  • ASIN: 1439177228
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,179,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Common Loss is a potent story of secrets, love, friendship, and the bonds that keep people close and is brimming with blackmail and deception and laced with grief, poetry, simmering emotional tension, and relationships both budding and exhausted." —Australian Bookseller & Publisher (Top Pick)

“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

About the Author

Kirsten Tranter grew up in Sydney and studied English and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney. She lived in New York between 1998 and 2006, where she completed a PhD in English on Renaissance poetry at Rutgers University. She now lives in Sydney with her husband and son. Visit KirstenTranter.com.

More About the Author

The Legacy is Kirsten Tranter's first novel. Kirsten grew up in Sydney and studied English and Fine Arts at Sydney University. She has published poetry, short stories, reviews and literary criticism. Kirsten lived in New York between 1998 and 2006 where she completed a PhD on Renaissance literature at Rutgers University. She was awarded an Emerging Writer's Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts to write The Legacy. Kirsten is now based in Sydney where she spends a lot of time running around after her five year old, Henry, and teaches creative writing at the University of Technology. Her second novel A Common Loss is forthcoming in 2012.
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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on June 13, 2012
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Having enjoyed 'The Legacy' I had high hopes for this novel. It was,however,very disappointing.I assumed at first that the narrator was female and I never felt that Ms Tranter was speaking with an authentic male voice. The characters were more like caricatures and I did not engage with any of them.The plot seemed very contrived. Overall it was disappointing because she writes really well and can do much better.
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