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About the book

The Life of Houses

The Life of Houses explores, with a poet’s eye for detail, the hidden tensions in one of Australia’s establishment families. These tensions come to the surface during a week in summer when Anna sends her daughter Kit to stay with her parents, and the unmarried sister who cares for them, in their old and decaying house by the sea. Kit barely knows her grandparents; her mother is estranged from the family and hasn't taken her to visit them. Recently separated from her husband, Anna sends Kit to them now so she can pursue a new love affair.