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Publisher's Summary

The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity.

Erica Marsden’s son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence.

There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it - to find a way out of her quandary - Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust and to reckon with her past.

©2020 Amanda Lohrey (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Iridescent.... The Labyrinth is a nuanced and engrossing novel of bread and bones broken, the trace and rack of violence and threads that lead the way out of exile." (Saturday Paper)

"The pace of the book reflects the contemplative nature of walking a labyrinth, both the inner one and the physical one that mirrors it." (The Herald Sun)

"A deeply meditative book.... [Amanda Lohrey’s] writing here is beautifully layered, rich in imagery and meaning, without ever being laboured.... The Labyrinth offers a pull towards the unknown and a comfort in solitude." (Guardian

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I enjoyed the rhythms of this book; the story unfolding and characters fading in and out. The whole concept of the labyrinth and it’s relation to the story was spell-binding. One to treasure.

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A lovely story, brilliantly told.

Loved the story, simple but captivating. The narrator was one of the best I've listened to which enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

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