Disquiet (Paperback)

By Julia Leigh

Penguin Books, 9780143113508, 120pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2008

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December 2008 Indie Next List

“Julia Leigh's novel of a haunting family reunion is a strangely beautiful book, as major life trauma and drama are shown through spare, eloquent prose.”
— Cinda Meister, Booksmart, Morgan Hill, CA
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Olivia arrives at her mother's chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia's brother Marcus and his wife Sophie?but this reunion is far from joyful. After years of desperately wanting a baby, Sophie has just given birth to a stillborn child, and she is struggling to overcome her devastation. Meanwhile, Olivia wrestles with her own secrets about the cruel and violent man she married many years before. Exquisitely written and reminiscent of Ian McEwan and J. M. Coetzee, Disquiet is a darkly beautiful and atmospheric story that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.

About the Author

Julia Leigh was born in Sydney, Australia. Her writing has been compared to Melville and Conrad (San Francisco Chronicle), and she was included in the London Observer's list of 21 writers for the 21st century.