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Publisher's Summary

A stunning, simply told story of great compassion and insight, from the author of the Stella Prize-shortlisted An Isolated Incident.

Nic is a 45-year-old trivia buff, amateur nail artist and fairy godmother to the neighbourhood's stray cats. She's also the owner of a decade's worth of daily newspapers, enough clothes and shoes to fill Big W three times over and a pen collection which, if laid end-to-end, would probably circle her house twice.

The person she's closest to in the world is her beloved niece Lena, who she meets for lunch every Sunday. One day Nic fails to show up. When Lena travels to her aunt's house to see if Nic's all right, she gets the shock of her life, and sets in train a series of events that will prove cataclysmic for them both.

By the acclaimed author of An Isolated Incident, Love Objects is a clear-eyed, heart-wrenching and deeply compassionate novel about love and family, betrayal and forgiveness and the things we do to fill our empty spaces.

©2021 Emily Maguire (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Bold, furious, unapologetic and deeply insightful." (Sofie Laguna, author of Infinite Splendours)

"A stunning, immersive novel that will change the conversation about class and about what possessions mean. It's important and funny and sad and beautiful, and I absolutely adored it." (Kathryn Heyman, author of Storm and Grace and Fury)

"One of the most big-hearted novels I've ever read. Each person fully formed, each scene and new catastrophe rooted in truth." (Bri Lee, author of Eggshell Skull

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A Delight!

A great story with wonderful characters. Enhanced by the best narration Australian I’ve heard and I listen to over a hundred audiobooks each year. Earthy, raw, tender and endearing.

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The other side of collecting

A view into the normality of hoarding disorder and the comfort it brings. I actually found myself jealous of Nic at times and her ability to remember with such vividness her treasured fleeting moments. The recent setting complete with bushfire haze, entitled and privileged school boys getting away with anything, me too movement and class divide added a realness for me. I forgot at times these characters are not real and they don't live an hour from where I grew up! I really enjoyed both the story and performance.

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Raw and contemporary

I enjoyed this book as it crosses different generations and I found me in the Mum and auntie age bracket. Tough lives in lower classes suburban Sydney and the struggles faced by these people but underneath the bond of family love that is deep seated within them, wins.

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