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Friends & Dark Shapes

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/04/2021

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Friends & Dark Shapes

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696600774


A group of housemates in Sydney’s inner city contend with gentrification, divisive politics, loss, grief, their own complicated privilege as second-generation Australians, the evolving world of dating and work in this wry debut.

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Losing a father isn't easy. Neither is the split existence you live afterwards when you can still conjure up the past where he was alive and yet have to live in the present where he is not. Grief is universal and eternal, yet how we deal with it—or how it deals with us—depends on who is grieving, when, and with whom.

On the outside, the protagonist of this stylish debut novel seems to have it all together, but the grief she is still feeling after the loss of her father her to live a a divided existed and constructs a barrier between between the day-to-day reality of what she's experiencing with people her age, this life that she's leading, and a feeling of estrangement, grief, and need?

The world these characters inhabit—rent is nuts, nobody is getting younger, and everyone remains unsatisfied, always wanting something more—the emotions they struggle to understand (and even feel), their ambivalence and confusion about the future, work, the political issues of the day, relationships, and each other all weave together to create the background for a poignant story about loss.


“An intimate, epiphanic portrait of millennial city life.”—The Guardian

“Bedford beautifully portrays life of an Australian Indian writer struggling with grief a year after the death of her father [ . . . ] An insightful view of a city in flux.”—Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Kavita Bedford is an award-winning Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology, and literature. She was a 2018 Churchill Fellow exploring migrant and refugee narratives, and was the former editor of The Point magazine, exploring the impact of overseas conflict on diaspora communities.