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Sufficient Grace

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336 pages3 hours

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WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR AN UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 UTS GLENDA ADAMS AWARD FOR NEW WRITING IN THE NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 BARBARA JEFFERIS AWARD

Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Wisconsin, part of an isolated religious community. The girls’ lives are ruled by the rhythms of nature — the harsh winters, the hunting seasons, the harvesting of crops — and by their families’ beliefs. Beneath the surface of this closed, frozen world, hidden dangers lurk.

Then Ruth learns that Naomi harbours a terrible secret. She searches for solace in the mysteries of the natural world: broken fawns, migrating birds, and the strange fish deep beneath the ice. Can the girls’ prayers for deliverance be answered?

Sufficient Grace is a story of lost innocence and the unfailing bond between two young women. It is at once devastating and beautiful, and ultimately transcendent.

PRAISE FOR AMY ESPESETH

‘Divine … exquisite … Sufficient Grace is a mighty achievement and is among the year's must-read literary novels.’ The Age

‘Espeseth is a gorgeous writer; this book is dense with finely etched imagery, much of it rooted in the natural world.’ The Weekend Australian

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