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Here Until August: Stories

Awards for Here Until August

  • Winner, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2020
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Queensland Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Stella Prize
  • A Readings Best Australian Fiction Book of 2019

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About the author

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe has twice been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist (in 2017 and 2020) and was awarded the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Her story collection Here Until August was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, while …

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Praise for Here Until August

‘A nuanced, lyrical and masterful collection from one of Australia's short-fiction greats, Here Until August will leave you breathless.’—Maxine Beneba Clarke

Here Until August tracks the shimmer of precarious moments and transient moods with devastating precision. In their steady excavation of intimacy, these spacious stories bring Alice Munro to mind. I underlined sentence after sentence as I read: for their beauty, their clarity and their wisdom. Josephine Rowe is a breathtakingly good writer, and this is a marvellous book.’ —Michelle de Kretser

‘With this vital collection, Rowe reveals in fresh ways her rare mastery of the short-story form. Ever sensitive to the subtleties of exile and longing, her voice is tender and mesmerising throughout. This is fiction that runs deep and burns bright.’—Jennifer Mills, award-winning short story writer and author of Dyschronia 

‘Captivating and emotionally charged … prose crisp and evocative … Here Until August is a powerful and intimate collection. FOUR AND A HALF STARS’—Books+Publishing

‘The stories in Here Until August are so rich, expansive, and glorious, with vibrant, living characters and language that remakes the world.’—Karen E. Bender, author of Refund (a 2015 National Book Award finalist)

‘Revelatory ... Rowe’s shape shifting, capturing the nuances of different nationalities effortlessly, is almost as remarkable as the precise, delicate and frequently witty prose ... Pitch-perfect examinations of place and psyche from a writer to watch closely.’ —Kirkus (starred review)

‘Extraordinary. Each of these stories delivers a fully, richly textured world: images that immerse, loss and longing and love and melancholy that suffuse the page, characters who live, sentence after sentence that astonishes. A stunner of a book.’ —Clare Beams, author of We Show What We Have Learned

‘Internationally acclaimed Josephine Rowe weaves a beautiful collection that leaves the reader breathless with its beauty. Every sentence in this book feels carefully considered and delicately placed ... Rowe is a writer fully coming into her strength; her writing is subtle, but devastating – she speaks to those truths universally felt but little spoken; shines a light in dusty, still corners; finds the unspoken in the gaps between words.’ —Readings 

‘The 10 stories in this collection come as close as they can to the moment of life’s re-beginning, taking the reader up to the precipice of change ... Rowe’s is a voice to be given into. But the narrative is always punctured, at just the right moment, by her impeccable timing: we never escape these stories unscathed. In different ways each story draws us into the darkest and most precarious phase of transformation.’ —Stephanie Bishop

‘Rowe writes about place and memory with a potency that pitches beauty against its wreckage ... Here Until August sees Rowe return to the short story in full command of the form. The stories that make up the collection are idiosyncratic, multifaceted and exquisitely structured.’ —Australian Book Review

Here Until August is a powerful and intimate collection with beautifully drawn characters. Rowe’s writing is incredibly understated and restrained – she says so much with the smallest details.’ —Kill Your Darlings

‘Eavesdrop on neighbors, spend some time in the Catskills, and meet a dog named Chavez in Josephine Rowe’s new short story collection. In beautiful prose, she takes you to places you might think you know, and leaves you there to find your way out.’ —LitHub

‘The hypnotic prose gets under your skin … Here Until August is a book to spend time with: carry it around with you to read in spare moments, and keep coming back to it until the edges are worn and you've spilled coffee or wine on it at least once.’ —ArtsHub

‘Superb ... [a] beautiful beast of a collection.’ —Splice (UK)

'Here Until August is a superb collection, pared back, astute, yet brimming with life and love and expectation ... resonates with the unflinching acuity of the great Alice Munro.' —The Saturday Paper

‘Gives you the sense that its author has seen a thing or two ... But even as a narrator may be stuck in the maelstrom of the past, Rowe manages to drive home the point that the world is not a cruel place, if you only try to engage with it.’ —The New York Times

‘Rowe’s imagery is powerful, her use of language lush and often surprising. These sublime, devastating stories tread that line with delicacy and a heightened emotional intelligence ... A masterclass in the short form.’ —Readings

Here Until August is Australian literature on a global scale and should be treated like the modern classic it is.’ —Writing NSW

‘A millennial Alice Munro. Each of the book's ten stories are singularly transfixing; reading them is like drifting from one lighted window to the next, bearing witness to the lives within, feeling more profoundly the darkness around you when the story ends.’ —Nylon

‘Sharp, vivid stories ... Rowe's fiercely idiosyncratic ways of describing scenes will seize and hold the reader's attention.’ —Publisher's Weekly

‘[Rowe's] talent for relating her very human characters' rich interior lives is even more on display than in her impressive debut novel ... These expansive tales are bound to grip, surprise, and enrapture short-story lovers.’ —Booklist

‘In beautiful prose, [Rowe] takes you to places you might think you know, and leaves you there to find your way out.’ —LitHub

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