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The Strays Audiobook

The Strays

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Publisher's Summary

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home.

Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it. As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it's not Evan but his own daughters who pay the price for his radicalism.

The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.

©2016 Emily Bitto (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Emily Bitto writes so well about art, childhood, infatuation, loneliness - you name it. The Strays is a knowing novel, and beautifully done." (Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings)

"Stylishly written... The Strays is a marvel of setting and characterisation, re-creating a time of artistic revolution and personal revelation. Memorable and moving, this is a novel not to be missed." (Booklist)

"Riveting, captivation, with a sense of foreboding threaded throughout. The Strays is such a daring look at art and love and family that you'll want to clear your calendar: you'll be reading it in a day." (Whitney Otto, New York Times bestselling author of How To Make An American Quilt and Six Girls Taking Pictures)

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    fluffy 26/02/2017
    fluffy 26/02/2017
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    "The Strays a story of wealth happiness disjointed families and surprise!"

    Starting to read this book I was unsure,would it hold my interest?
    The family,the art and the circles made,were all poignant at times sad and pulled me in.
    The writer for me was clever with the involvement not only of family growth but of the surroundings.
    I would not hesitate to read another book by this author.

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  • Ruth Bain
    Orange County, CA
    13/04/17
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    "Not a page turner"

    Although the characters are interesting and the story has a unique setting ( an artists' communein Australia, late 1930's) the narrative seemed a bit stagent. Too much digression into the nature of art. It was all too apparent that the children in the story were victims of highly dysfunctional and neglectful parenting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. Grancich
    Claremont, CA
    20/04/17
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    "I wanted more"

    I struggled getting through it. The book was too long and too many descriptive passages. The last 3 chapters finally captured my interest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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