The Inland Sea
'Capturing what it means to be young, wounded and afraid today better than anything I've come across... masterful' Telegraph
'Almost savage in its eloquence, illuminating what it feels like to love, to be left, to want more' Leslie Jamison, author of Make It Scream, Make It Burn
'Crackles with heat and electricity' Monocle
As she faces the open wilderness of adulthood, our narrator finds that the world around her is coming undone.
She works as an emergency dispatch operator, trapped in constant crisis as fires and floods rage across Australia. Her personal life is buckling under her self-destructive obsessions - she drinks heavily, sleeps with strangers, wanders the streets of Sydney at night, and pursues a disastrous affair with an ex-lover. Desperate and adrift, she yearns for change.
Building to a tightly controlled bushfire of ecological and personal crisis, The Inland Sea is a fierce and beautiful novel about the search for refuge in a state of emergency.