By Charlotte Wood
Charlotte wooden has been defined as 'one of the main clever and compassionate novelists in Australia' (The Age), and 'one of our most interesting and so much chameleonic writers' (The Australian). Her most recent paintings, Love & starvation: techniques at the present of nutrition, is a e-book of contemplations on cooking. Her fourth novel, Animal humans, was once published in overdue 2011 to serious acclaim and was once long-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her previous novels, the bestseller the kids, The Submerged Cathedral and items of a lady have been shortlisted for numerous prize together with the Miles Franklin Award and neighborhood Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
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We’re being squeezed, and there’s nothing subtle about a hand grabbing your balls. ’ ‘They can do anything. These are public streets. So they’ve graciously provided us with meters. ’ Her temper rising, Vera raised her fists and stared for sympathy at the ceiling. ‘For God’s sake, we’ve sunk everything into Chelsea Marina. We’re all locked into huge mortgages. People have sky-high school fees, and the banks breathing down their necks. Besides, where do we move to? Darkest Surrey? ’ ‘Heaven forbid.
She sat on the bed and huddled happily over a pillow. ‘He was fined. A hundred pounds. Yes, I’m married to a criminal . I was glad to see Sally enjoying my new-found fame. I had taken a week’s sick leave from the Institute, but Henry Kendall rang to confide that Professor Arnold was unhappy with my conviction. Corporate clients might prefer not to be advised by a psychologist with a criminal record. Clearly my status had slipped, along with my claims on the director’s chair. Luckily there was a long tradition of maverick psychologists with a taste for oddball behaviour.
Dr Gould has his own website. ’ ‘Being arrested by the police is part of the thrill. ’ Sally examined her teeth in the mirror. ‘He was a commercial architect and builder. ’ ‘Sally . . ’ She stood with her back to the mirror, body and hair swathed in white towels, staring at me through the drifting steam like a priestess at an archaic marine shrine. Looking into her eyes, I sensed that I could see my whole future. ’ ‘For God’s sake . ’ I opened the window, letting the steam float away. ’ She held my shoulders and made me sit on the edge of the bidet.
Animal People by Charlotte Wood