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Here Until August

Here Until August: Stories

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About the author

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe was born in 1984 in Rockhampton and raised in Melbourne. Her novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and led to her being …

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Praise for Here Until August

‘Her gorgeous, precise language encourages inner storms.’ —The New York Times Book Review 

‘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