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'Justine Ettler’s Bohemia Beach negotiates the mind of Catherine Bell, an acclaimed concert pianist, as she comes to terms with her alcoholism, trauma and obsessive nature. Written entirely in first person, we shift time and place as the narrative reveals not only posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but inherited trauma and self-inflicted trauma within the character. Along the way Ettler taps into her previously established reputation for gritty, urgent and impulsive writing, leaving the reader writhing in discomfort as Catherine falls again and again.'  (Introduction)


  • Epigraph: A moment’s silence, the audience holds its breath, and soon it’s time to begin. At first it’s business as usual as I sail away riding the sea of sounds in my quiet ship, but once the initial excitement of the opening is over I find myself curiously detached and my mind starts to wander. I watch helpless as my mind drifts off into the audience, scanning seats, and then starts churning fiercely with thoughts of Reed, the Deutsche Grammaphon deal, the phone call from my mother, and the next thing I know I’m in difficult waters. It’s almost as if the piano is playing itself and I’ve become something of a spectator. (45)

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    y separately published work icon Long Paddock Violence vol. 78 no. 3 December 2018 16860791 2018 periodical issue 2018
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