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The Performance (Digital Audiobook)

A Novel

By Claire Thomas, Edwina Wren (Narrator), Tamala Shelton (Narrator), Helen Morse (Narrator), Sylvie de Crespigny (Narrator), Melissa Madden Gray (Narrator), Harvey Zielinski (Narrator), Lara Robinson  (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 15, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/16/2021)
Paperback (3/15/2022)


A novel about three women at turning points in their lives, and the one night that changes everything.

One night, three women go to the theater to see a play. Wildfires are burning in the hills outside, but inside the theater it is time for the performance to take over.

Margot is a successful, flinty professor on the cusp of retirement, distracted by her fraught relationship with her adult son and her ailing husband. After a traumatic past, Ivy is is now a philanthropist with a seemingly perfect life. Summer is a young drama student, an usher at the theater, and frantically worried for her girlfriend whose parents live in the fire zone.

While the performance unfolds on stage, so does the compelling trajectory that will bring these three women together, changing them all. Deliciously intimate and yet emotionally wide-ranging, The Performance is a novel that both explores the inner lives of women as it underscores the power of art and memory to transform us.

About the Author

Claire Thomas is an award-winning writer with a PhD from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches. She has received scholarships and awards including an Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant, the Dobbie Award for Women Writers, and the Felix Meyer Prize. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her family.