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Burning In

310 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published September 2007
ISBN 9781920882273

Burning In

Mireille Juchau

In her late twenties, Martine Hartmann moves from Sydney to New York to pursue her career as a photographer, leaving behind her mother Lotte, a holocaust survivor.

Nine years later, Martine’s daughter Ruby goes missing in Central Park. Ruby’s disappearance throws Martine into an emotional struggle which threatens to overwhelm her, but which also, in time, brings her to understand Lotte’s anxieties and inhibitions, and to discover the act of abandonment at their heart.

Burning In is a closely observed psychological novel with an extraordinary eye for detail, and an unerring instinct for the suppressed rhythms of thought and feeling. Structured around two mysteries and three generations of Jewish women, it is an extended meditation on loss and guilt, exploring the long shadows cast by the past on the present, and the relationship between parental love and the imperatives of survival.

About the Author

Mireille Juchau

Mireille Juchau’s first novel Machines for Feeling was shortlisted for the 1999 Vogel/Australian Literary Award. In 2002 her play, White Gifts, won the Perishable Theatre International Women’s Playwriting Competition and was performed and published in the US.

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Shortlisted, 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlisted, 2008 Age Book of the Year Award for Fiction Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlisted, Nita B Kibble Literary Award Longlisted, 2008 West Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award Highly commended, 2008 Barbara Jefferis Award