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Author Talk - Ashley Hay

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Rockdale Library Level 3 Meeting Room

444 -446 Princes Highway

Rockdale, NSW 2216

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Join us at Rockdale Library to hear Ashley Hay talk about her latest novel A Hundred Small Lessons and her writing life.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

About the Book

When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her Brisbane home of more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, with their new life - new house, new city, new baby.
Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents and both seek to smooth the rough edges of their present with memories of their past as they discover who their future selves might be.
But the house has a secret life as well, and the rooms seem to share Elsie's memories and moments with Lucy.
In a nearby nursing home, Elsie revisits the span of her life - the moments she can't bear to let go; the haunts to which she might return. Her memories of wifehood, motherhood, love and death are intertwined with her old house, and as the boundaries between her present and past become more porous for her, this seems to manifest in the lives now held inside that house as well.
Through one hot, wet Brisbane summer, the moments and memories of seven lives wind along with the flow of the river, as two families chart the ways in which we come, sudden and oblivious, into each other's stories, and the unexpected ripples that flow out from those chance encounters. This rich and intimate story charts how we feel what it is to be human – what it means to be a mother or daughter; father or son – and how place can transform who we are.

About the author

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based writer whose work includes fiction, narrative non-fiction, journalism, essays and reviews. Her novels have been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for categories in the WA Premier's Prize, the NSW Premier's Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, as well as the Nita B. Kibble Award. Her second novel, The Railwayman's Wife, was awarded the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, and also won the People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

For more information or phone bookings please call Rockdale Library on 9562 1821

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