The Beginner's Guide to Living

By Lia Hills
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374306595, 221pp.)

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

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Seven days after his mother dies in a sudden, senseless accident, seventeen-year-old Will embarks on a search for meaning that leads him to the great philosophers—Plato, Seneca, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche—and to Taryn, the beautiful girl he meets at his mother’s wake. Will is desperate to find, however he can, something authentic, something ultimate, something so true he would live or die for it. But is he willing to risk losing Taryn—losing everything--to seek the answers he craves?

About the Author
Lia Hills is a poet, novelist and translator living in Melbourne. Her work has been published, performed and translated both in Australia and overseas, and has won numerous awards. She is editor and co-initiator of the poetry section of Moving Galleries, a poetry/art project on trains in Melbourne. Her forthcoming publications include a crossover novel, The Beginner's Guide to Living (Text Publishing), and a translation of Marie Darrieussecq's acclaimed novel, Tom Est Mort, from French into English.
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