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Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

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About the author

Michelle Dicinoski

Michelle Dicinoski’s poetry collection Electricity for Beginners was published in 2011. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Australian Literary Review, The Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, the Australian

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Praise for Ghost Wife

‘The story of two young women who love each other, Ghost Wife makes their love visible and uncovers the lives of hidden lovers on the two continents over which they travel. Moving, irresistible and new, this memoir will inspire readers to honour all that is hidden in the past – and within ourselves.’ —Gloria Steinem

Ghost Wife is a revelation in every sense of the word. It not only illuminates the struggle for equal marriage in the most intimate possible way, but also tenderly examines the meaning of love and commitment. Insightful, supple and gorgeously written, this book left me humbled and moved.’ —Benjamin Law


Ghost Wife is a contemplative memoir, but it is also funny and warm-hearted. A paean to the ritual of marriage, Ghost Wife goes to the heart of what it is to be human: love and commitment, friendship and intimacy, shared values and shared struggle.’ —Australian


‘Less about gay marriage and more about knowing who you are, where you come from and being comfortable with it, Dicinoski’s memoir explores the complexity of all relationships and gives voice to ones that go unheard.’ —Adelaide Advertiser’s SAWeekend


‘This is a fresh Australian voice and a welcome addition to the memoir genre.’ —Bookseller+Publisher


‘Poignant and moving, the prose clear-eyed and affecting all at once.’ —Age


‘A powerful and deeply moving book.’ —Australian Book Review


‘A brave and inspiring autobiography’ —West Weekend


‘Resonant and engaging’ —Big Issue