Antony Dobson has lived through a lot in his short twenty-six years. Desperate, loveable and utterly confused, he gets a kick out of taking risks, gets a thrill from taking himself right to the edge and, so far at least, back again. But haunted by childhood memories and guarding a dark, humiliating secret that he dare not reveal, he’s hurtling fast towards the point of no return.
Impressive and irresistibly readable, this tightrope walk of a novel explores memory, love, identity, and absence in a dazzling display that is in turn sad, witty and deeply affecting.
‘Combines beautifully assembled prose with a sharp insight into a very real subject. A disturbing, but worthwhile read’ Gay Times
‘Vivid, unforgettable’ The Times
‘A disruptive, boundary-crossing, perceptive and moving novel set in a North I actually recognize’ Paul Farley
But Ayres hides an even darker secret...
Rod Jones is the author of five novels, short stories and travel writing. His first novel, Julia Paradise, won the fiction prize at the 1988 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was runner-up for France's Femina Etranger prize. It has been published throughout the world. His third novel, Billy Sunday, was the 1995 Age Book of the Year for fiction and won the 1996 National Book Council Award for fiction. Nightpictures was shortlisted for the 1998 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Swan Bay (2003) was shortlisted for both the New South Wales and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.
'Jones should be counted amongst Australia's most interesting and talented novelists. His gift lies in his ability to write with crisp clarity about the murky and the intangible; with confidence and force about the uncertain; with detachment about passion and with passion about detachment.' Australian Book Review
'Utterly original...a remarkable accomplishment.' New York Times
'Marked by lush, erotic imagery and subtle, complex handling of motifs, this slim and powerful first novel from Australia is a carefully controlled psychological study.' Publisher's Weekly
Tami's got her career planned out--until her mother makes her put her name in to be Ty's wife. Now she's juggling deadlines and a relationship that she sure doesn't need with her dream job on the line.
Together, Ty and Tami will have to decide what they're willing to risk, and what they're willing to leave behind--including maybe each other.
A year ago, Kelly Cannon couldn’t imagine he’d end up with his formerly straight best friend. It’s hard to believe he can finally kiss Blue anytime he wants... as long as they’re in private. And there’s the rub. Despite Kelly’s promise to wait until Blue is ready to come out, he’s tired of sneaking around. The cracks in their relationship are starting to show, and there might not be enough spackle in the world to fix them.
Britton “Blue” Montgomery may not be the physics brainiac his boyfriend is, but he’s not stupid. He knows Kelly isn’t completely happy, but he’s not ready to be the poster boy for bisexuals and gays in the NFL. He just wants to keep his head down, play the game he loves, and go home to the man he adores. Is that too much to ask?
With the truth slowly coming to the surface, Blue must make a choice. If it means losing Kelly, there’s no decision to make. He has to find enough courage to face the music and hope they’ll survive the fallout.
Man. Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.