Like a House on Fire
by Cate Kennedy
‘This is a heartfelt and moving collection of short stories that cuts right to the emotional centre of everyday life.’ Bookseller & Publisher
From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots.
In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour.
In ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders.
In ‘Cross-Country’, a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex’s new life.
And in ‘Ashes’, a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father’s remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background.
Cate Kennedy’s poignant short stories find the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.