Defiant, ferocious and unyielding - The Furies is a unique and breathtakingly powerful debut novel from Mandy Beaumont. For those who love Charlotte Wood, Margaret Atwood and Carmen Maria Machado.
Cynthia was just about to turn sixteen when the unthinkable happened. Her mother was taken away by the police, and her father left without a word three months later. After that night, Cynthia began to walk in slow circles outside the family home looking for traces of her sister Mallory - she's sure that she must be somewhere else now, wherever that is.
Cynthia knows that she doesn't belong here. Her mother never belonged here either. This is the place of violence. Despair. The long dry. Blood caked under the nails. Desperate men. Long silences. The place where mothers go mad in locked bedrooms, where women like Cynthia imagine better futures.
As a threatening wind begins to dry-whirl around her, seldom seen black clouds form above, roll over the golden-brown land - is that Mallory she can hear in the growling mass? In the harsh drought-stricken landscape of outback Queensland a woman can be lost in so many ways. The question is, will Cynthia be one of them? Defiant, ferocious and unyielding - The Furies is a debut novel by Mandy Beaumont that explores the isolation felt by so many women, and how powerful we can be when we join together. It puts her firmly on the literary map, blazing forth from the terrain of Charlotte Wood, Margaret Atwood and Carmen Maria Machado, with a unique and breathtaking power.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 26 Jan 2022
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication City, Country: Sydney, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(W)300
Weight (gm): 300
Mandy Beaumont is an award-winning writer, researcher and book reviewer. Mandy's collection of short stories, Wild, Fearless Chests
, was shortlisted for the Richell Prize and the Dorothy Hewett Award, and a story from the collection won the MOTH International Short Story Award. She teaches at Griffith University in Creative Writing and is also a researcher at RMIT where she is engaging, through fiction, with the work of Simone de Beauvoir. Mandy's debut novel, The Furies
, will be published by Hachette in 2022. For more information go to www.mandybeaumont.com
A woman in a small Australian town is haunted. Death is all around her: she is still grieving her murdered sister, Mallory, while the spectre of her mother's arrest and father's abandonment hover over her. A baby she was reluctant to carry arrives as a stillborn. Her husband, Simon, deserts her. The townsfolk don't allow her to properly mourn, as gossip and malicious judgement encircles her in the abattoir where she works. In Mandy Beaumont's second book of fiction, The Furies
, the reader is confronted with a maelstrom of grief. Structured in three parts, the book is narrated by the protagonist, Cynthia, with occasional chapters voiced by her mother. Cynthia's past and present are shadowed by Mallory's disappearance and the misdemeanours perpetrated by Simon, Cynthia's father and the various men around her. The Furies
is an ambitious debut novel; Beaumont's attempt at a dreamlike stylism (think Olivia Sudjic) sometimes misses the mark, coming across as overwrought as sentences end in conjunctions and verbs. Nonetheless, this is an introspective book that will resonate with readers of literary thriller-esque fiction such as The Airways
by Jennifer Mills or Bodies of Light
by Jennifer Down. A fiercely feminist novel, The Furies
is an interrogation of the scars left by unaddressed trauma, on bodies, psyches and the land. What does it mean to carry so much, and to yearn for revenge? How does it feel to hurt and be hurt? * Books + Publishing *