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Amanda Lohrey Amanda Lohrey i(A20535 works by) (a.k.a. Amanda Frances Lillian Lohrey)
Born: Established: 1947 Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Female
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1 10 y separately published work icon The Labyrinth Amanda Lohrey , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 19549542 2020 single work novel

'Erica Marsden’s son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence.

'There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it—to find a way out of her quandary—Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past.

'The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.' (Publication summary)

1 Partial Faith and the Postsecular Amanda Lohrey , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , December vol. 25 no. 2 2019; (p. 290-292)
'A few years back, as part of my interest in what does or doesn’t constitute new writing I became interested in the notion of the postsecular, prompted in large part by John A McClure’s, Partial Faiths, Postsecular Fiction in the Age of Pynchon and Morrison (2007). McClure argues for the recent emergence of stories about ‘new forms of religiously inflected seeing and being’ and he distinguishes the postsecular from the postmodern as being characterised by an openeness to the transcendant in newly imagined forms that are provisional and imbued with mystery, a sense of the world as an ‘inexorable excess of being over structures of interpretation and identity’. A postsecular narrative is characterised by ‘unstable hybridity and ontological abundance’ along with ‘the interpenetration of multirealisms’. Sound busy? It is, as any reader of Pynchon will attest.' 

(Introduction)

1 The Labyrinth Amanda Lohrey , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Island , no. 150 2017; (p. 122-126)
1 Foreword Amanda Lohrey , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: The Third Script : Stories from Iran, Tasmania and the UK 2016;
1 Introduction : The Best Australian Stories 2015 Amanda Lohrey , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Stories 2015 2015; (p. vii-ix)
1 8 y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories 2015 Amanda Lohrey (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2015 8974137 2015 anthology short story (taught in 1 units)

'In The Best Australian Stories 2015, Amanda Lohrey, winner of the Patrick White Award and author of the acclaimed novel A Short History of Richard Kline, curates twenty pieces of exceptional short fiction.

'In this wide-ranging collection, there are stories that will surprise, unsettle and beguile readers. Familiar subjects are examined from new perspectives: a teenage girl sneaks into director Jean-Luc Goddard's study and steals his diaries; the life of Picasso is reimagined in miniature vignettes. And new life is breathed into the most universal of experiences: birth, death, love and loss. The mother of a girl with hearing difficulties watches her child grow into increasing independence. A young woman makes a poignant voyage to the site of her brother's suicide.

'Elegant, accomplished and evocative, these short stories move, delight and inspire.' (Publication summary)

1 From the Other Side of Restless Disillusionment Amanda Lohrey , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 March 2015; (p. 35) The Canberra Times , 21 March 2015; (p. 22)

— Review of A Short History of Richard Kline : A Novel Amanda Lohrey , 2015 single work novel
1 10 y separately published work icon A Short History of Richard Kline : A Novel Amanda Lohrey , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2015 8162810 2015 single work novel

'“I woke with a gasp. And lay in the dark, open-mouthed, holding my breath. That feeling ... that feeling was indescribable. For a moment I had felt as if I were falling ... falling into bliss.”

'All his life, Richard Kline has been haunted by a sense that something is lacking. He envies the ease with which some people slip – seemingly unquestioningly – into contented suburban life or the pursuit of wealth.

'As he moves into middle age, Richard grows increasingly angry. But then a strange event awakens him to a different way of living. He finds himself on a quest, almost against his own will, to resolve the 'divine discontent' he has suffered since childhood. From pharmaceuticals to new age therapies and finding a guru, Richard's journey dramatises the search for meaning in today's world.

'This moving and audacious novel is a pilgrim's progress for the here and now. Suffused with yearning and a sense of the mystical, this extraordinary novel is one of Lohrey's finest offerings yet.' (Publication summary)

1 A Welcome Contradition Amanda Lohrey , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , December no. 107 2014; (p. 42-47)

— Review of A Bone of Fact David Walsh , 2014 single work autobiography
1 Introduction Amanda Lohrey , 2014 single work short story
— Appears in: The Best Australian Stories 2014 2014; (p. ix-x)
'Some readers are drawn to the promise inherent in a novel, and its true that the longer form can offer a slow and seductive immersion, but the short story offers pleasure of another kind...'
1 1 y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories 2014 Amanda Lohrey (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2014 7989511 2014 anthology short story (taught in 2 units)

'In The Best Australian Stories 2014, Patrick White Award–winning author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes raw, and always a ‘shot of adrenaline to the mind and heart’, this collection features exciting new voices alongside the established and admired.'

'The edges of reality blur in a corporate lawyer’s tale of working in a 1200-storey glass tower. A prized coffee table becomes the focus of a father’s anxieties and frustrations. Tense and fractured lines of communication shape the life of an interpreter on Christmas Island. Imaginative, remarkable, intimate – this unmissable anthology celebrates the art of consummate storytelling.' (Source: Publisher's Blurb)

1 Land of Milk and Honey Amanda Lohrey , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 95 2013; (p. 46-47)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
1 The Waves Amanda Lohrey , 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 15 December 2012; (p. 35-36)
1 After the Game Amanda Lohrey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 84 2012; (p. 54-56)

— Review of Tales from the Political Trenches Maxine McKew , 2012 single work autobiography ; Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
1 Noted : The Recluse Amanda Lohrey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , July no. 80 2012; (p. 63)

— Review of The Recluse Evelyn Juers , 2012 single work biography
1 The Raft (From The Beloved: a work-in-progress) Amanda Lohrey , 2011 single work short story
— Appears in: Griffith Review , [Autumn] no. 31 2011; (p. 241-259)
1 1 Reading Madame Bovary Amanda Lohrey , 2010 single work short story
— Appears in: Reading Madame Bovary 2010; (p. 61-90)
1 14 y separately published work icon Reading Madame Bovary Amanda Lohrey , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2010 Z1722620 2010 selected work short story

'A woman finds her everyday life engulfed by vivid fantasies, a businessman explores new ways to deal with his rage, a young woman is stuck on a boat with a bunch of delinquents, a diary is discovered, a commune goes wrong ...

'In this captivating collection of short fiction, award-winning novelist Amanda Lohrey explores the dilemmas of modern life. Her characters find themselves caught between body and spirit, memory and desire, ambition and mortality - and they must transform themselves or be trapped.' (From the publisher's website.)

1 On the Spot : Amanda Lohrey, Author Amanda Lohrey , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 August 2010; (p. 3)
1 Ask a Silly Question Tom Cho , Amanda Lohrey , Emily Maguire , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 2010; (p. 10-11)
Guests participating in the 2010 Melbourne Writers' Festival pose questions which they answer themselves. The non-Australian writers who contribute are Val MacDermid, Peter James, Elif Batuman and Barbara Trapido
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