Current Issue #488

Book Review:
Cherry Beach

Laura McPhee-Browne’s debut novel is a coming-of-age story told through the friendship of two young women.

As they travel from Melbourne to Toronto with grand visions to explore the world, their story is grounded in place through exacting details.

And yet, the journey also evokes a universal experience shared by many young Australians.

McPhee-Browne’s writing is tender, bruising, sexy and heartbreaking in equal measure. Exploring themes including friendship, love, queer identity, mental health and grief, the novel is both expansive in its vision and carefully crafted.

Cherry Beach has the pace of a thriller despite urging the reader to linger over the exquisite details of young desire, capturing the intensity of youth with refined restraint.

Author: Laura McPhee-Browne
Publisher:Text Publishing

Kylie Maslen

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Kylie Maslen is a writer and critic from Kaurna/Adelaide, and the author of Show Me Where it Hurts: Living with Invisible Illness (Text Publishing).

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