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.


Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-27-3
pp : 310pp
Published : September 2007


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. Known also for her arts essays and reviews, Juchau has received grants from the Ian Potter Foundation, Arts NSW and the Australia Council, and is a recipient of a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship.


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